Vallieu, Kenneth Jr.

Written by David Green.

Kenneth Sylvester Vallieu, Jr., 64, of Hillsdale, Mich., died March 22, 2010, at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

He was born Sept. 16, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio, to Mildred Marcine (Smith) and Kenneth Sylvester Vallieu, Sr.  He married Barbara Hart on Aug. 5, 1967, in Morenci, Mich., and she survives.

Ken graduated from Camden-Frontier High School in 1963, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in turf grass management from Michigan State University in 1967, and earned a master’s degree in education from Michigan State University in 1971.

Ken taught chemistry, biology and computer technologies at Camden-Frontier Schools, retiring after 38 years of service. He also coached football, basketball and baseball and later became the athletic director at Camden-Frontier. He also coached basketball at Hillsdale High School.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club. He was a member of the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church and served on many church committees. He was a member of the M.S.U. Alumni Association and a member of the Hillsdale County M.S.U. Alumni Association.  

Ken was very interested in the history of the Civil War. He enjoyed building model airplanes and he was a car enthusiast who especially enjoyed Corvettes. He had a passion for all sports and was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings and the Michigan State University Spartans. Despite Ken’s failing health, he was able to complete the circuit of Big Ten away Spartan football games last fall. 

Besides his wife, Ken is survived by two children, Kristin Marie (and Geoff) Malosh of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Brian Allan (and Mary) Vallieu of Midland, Mich.; two grandchildren, Alexandra and Masha; and a sister, Jeannine (and Jack) Wikle of Tecumseh, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Megan.

A celebration Ken’s life is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church with Pastors Ned Wyse and Curtis Jensen officiating.

Visitation is planned from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Don Eby Gymnasium at Camden-Frontier School and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were handled by VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden-Frontier School Library or the Hillsdale County M.S.U. Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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