Kenneth Frederick Broucek, 93, of Midland, died late Sunday evening, March 9, 2014 at his home. He was born on Aug. 24, 1920, son of the late Frederick and Pauline (Ringold) Broucek in Grand Rapids.
He graduated as Valedictorian from Union High School, and then attended Grand Rapids Junior College where he graduated with an Associates Degree in 1940. Ken then attended the University of Michigan
, graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
On Oct. 23, 1943, Ken married Bernice Kruis, and they were partners for 66 years. Ken and Bernice had 3 sons, Bob was adopted in 1952, Bill was adopted in 1955 and Jim was born in 1963.
Ken joined The Dow Chemical Co. upon graduation from the University of Michigan, where he was employed for 30 years. This employment was interrupted by 22 months of service in the U.S. Navy
During his employment at Dow, Ken earned a Masters in Business Administration from U of M in 1963. In 1972, Ken and Bernice moved to Flint, where Ken served for eight years as the Budget and Finance Director for the Genesee County Mental Health Authority.
Upon his retirement, he taught accounting and finance courses at U of M Flint, and Detroit College of Business â€" Flint (now known as Davenport University).
After 22 years in Flint, Ken and Bernice moved back to Midland in 1994. After suffering a stroke, Ken was the primary caregiver for Bernice until her death in February of 2010.
Ken and Bernice loved to travel, and some of the countries they visited were Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Newfoundland, and a trip to Germany to see the Passion Play.
Ken was very involved in the community. He served as an Assistant Scout Master for the First United Methodist scout troop, as well as a leader in Webelos and Cub Scouts. All three of Ken's sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Ken was chairperson of the Retired Service Program Volunteers, and was involved with many other service organizations. Ken also served within the Methodist church at the local, district and conference levels.
After his family, Ken's next love was gardening, and he was certified as a Master Gardener.
Ken is survived by his son Bob and his wife Jean, of Bay City, by his son Bill of San Francisco and by his son Jim and his wife Brenda, of Orono, Minn.; by grandchildren, Brian of Bay City, and Michael and John of Orono, Minn.; and by one great-granddaughter, Sophie Grace, of Bay City.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Heartland Hospice and Heartland Home Health Care, and for the wonderful care, support and respect with which they treated Ken and the family. And to Janis, April, Zack, Lori, Marilyn, Holly, Ken, Michelle and Jeanie, a very special "Thank You" for going above and beyond â€" you meant a great deal to Ken, and you mean a great deal to the family.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. J. D. Landis will officiate, with Ken's cremains to be buried with his wife in the Shrader Garden at First United Methodist Church.
Ken's family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to the hospice organization of your choice in memory of Ken.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors. www.waresmithwoolever.com