Kenneth Richard Kierczynski, 78, of Gaylord, died peacefully Friday, June 7, 2019, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, surrounded by family.

Born in Detroit, on July 15, 1940 Michigan to Edmund and Genevive (Pociecha) Kierczynski, Ken moved north as a youngster and attended St. Mary Cathedral School, where he graduated in 1958. He married Geraldine Szczepaniak in 1963, and they quickly started a family. Kenny loved to garden, hunt, and fish. He would proudly show off his garden that was kept weed free by his six children and in his later years, his grandchildren. He worked as an electrician for many years at Burns Electric Plumbing and Heating. Ken was a volunteer fireman for 20 years and was a member of both the Eagles and Elks clubs.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia (Strzynski) Kierczynski; his children, Lynn Weeks (Fred), Bryan Kierczynski (Catherine), Mark Kierczynski, Lorri Dawson (Doug), Karen Karsten (Lee), Jon Kierczynski (Keri); step-daughter, Mary Slodan; 14 grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren Weeks, Katie, Gracie, Orin and Anika Kierczynski, Garrison, Kennan, Teegan and Brayden Dawson, Alayna and Kyle Karsten, Brandt and Kara Kierczynski; 2 step-grandchildren, Sherri Metcalf and Jennifer Olds and step-great-grandson Jackson Balleau; Sister, Patricia Knight and brother, Gerald Kierczynski.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Florence Harnack and his first wife Geraldine Kierczynski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral. Visitation will be held at the cathedral on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Northern Michigan.