Photo courtesy of Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home

Kenneth Kales

Chicago, Illinois

May 6, 1948 – Oct 19, 2017 (Age 69)

Guest Book

Not sure what to say?

I went to South Shore HS and had classes with Ken. He could be the class clown and was liked by everyone. We would occasionally meet at Santa Fe Speedway for the weekly motorcycle races until it closed in the 90's. I had not heard from him until 2009-10 when he called me at work and we promised to keep in contact. He called and invited me to garage night early this summer and I went and met his wonderful friends at his shop and had a great time.
I missed our HS reunion but wanted to...

I just heard of Ken's passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to his sister and family. I met Ken 35 years ago when I was around 10. Ken and my father were friends through cars. I always loved stopping by Ken's shop(s) as a kid and hearing his stories (the stories about his shop cat Squish were some of his funniest). A wealth of knowledge on everything from Chicago history to cars. I last spoke with him in September and planned to see him in December. A genuinely kind man and all...

A really comfortable and decent human being and a Sterch softball legend. He didnt do popups but other than that, he was solid and a joy to play with. RIP Kenny

My wife and I cried toghether reading a poem of behalf of Kenny passing away. Two weeks earlier I called Kenny to give him an old Cortina article.
I used to own one, Gave it to him to fix it so it can be raced up north.
We literarily had to push it into the old shop when located on Halsted.

"I'm very busy I should put you down on the calendar at end of October."

With loving memory,
Gad and Chris Kenron

I always knew Kenny. Our parents were great friends when we were born and I truly can't remember when we first met. Probably crawling on a baby blanket with him and Gay and a couple other kids from the South Shore.

By example, Kenny taught me a lot of life lessons growing up, even tho I didn't realize it at the time. They've served me well and I have no doubt I'm a kinder person for having known Ken.

I didn't go to school with Kenny, but he called me last month after...

Kenny was a great guy, a very funny fellow and an organizer of events that brought people together. Besides the No-Pain football games, he put together such things as a golf outing in Fort Sheridan, followed by a hearty supper and cocktails. Great fun for all of us. Miss him dearly already. RIP, Ken.

Dave Cleland (also Tom Cook and Gregg Fosse)

My heartfelt condolences. Ken and I attended Dixon School before moving to Horace Mann. At the reunion, Ken and I laughed about the time that we almost torched his home on Luella during our final episode with action figures. We had built an elaborate depiction of a battle scene in his basement, which included a burned out city, a train and numerous plastic models of Navy ships. We wanted to go out with a bang and our last act was to light the ships on fire. Laughter quickly turned to...

Karen, Danny, and children, I am so sorry for your loss of Kenny as a brother, brother-in-law and uncle. He was your loved friend as well. He was the best friend to many people, myself included, because his friendship was deep, sincere, and lasting. He filled a room with enthusiasm and good feelings. He was a reader, quiet thinker, sports and anything automotive enthusiast. He was the easiest person to be with that I've known. He was sentimental: keeping everything that meant something...


Kenneth's Obituaries

Arrangements under the direction of Weinstein Funeral Home, Wilmette, Wilmette, IL.

Read More