Online Obituaries for the Troy, Royal Oak, Clawson & Shelby Township MI Area

Kenneth L. Johnson

June 09, 1944 - April 15, 2017

Online Obituaries for the Troy, Royal Oak, Clawson & Shelby Township MI Area

Brother of
Jeanette Stankewitz

Pre-deceased by
Charles Patrick Johnson

Uncle of
Robert Charles Stankewitz
James Edward Stankewitz
Carol Ann Novak (Stankewitz)
Richard Lawrence Stankewitz
Glenna Rochelle Johnson

Great Uncle of
Isaiah Thomas Novak
Ethan Charles Novak
Robert Pete Stankewitz
Jeremy Charles Stankewitz
Jessica Lyn Stankewitz
Annika Lyn Prall-Stankewitz
Joshua Charles Prall-Stankewitz

Son of the late
Charles Jurgen and Dorothy Theresa Johnson

Kenny loved to laugh.  He was always quick with a heartfelt smile, a smile so big it closed his eyes and made you smile just to see it.  He was extremely outgoing and unforgettable.  He loved to be with family - joking and laughing, and giving and receiving affection.  A devoted Detroit sports fan he watched games whenever he could.  Other pleasures of life he loved were eating McDonald's cheeseburgers and french fries, drinking Pepsi, smoking, and dancing (especially to Elvis).  Though he did not complete high school in his youth he did complete his high school level education classes as an adult, very proudly walking in his graduation ceremony in 1996.  He was also very proud of being a Vietnam veteran and a decades long usher at Guardian Angels.  

He idolized his father who passed away while Ken was in his 20s.  Kenny was then well cared for throughout his life by his mother, brother, and sister, and later helped care for them when they were in need of care.  He was a kind man who liked to get along with everyone.  Very polite, respectful, and often a sweetheart.  His limitations kept him from enjoying certain aspects of life, but though he could not drive a car or manage complicated matters, he knew how to enjoy much of life with an all consuming earnestness, and he helped others do the same.  

He will forever be lovingly remembered for who he was and what he helped others learn - his gentle nature, quickness to laughter, genuine smile and caring for others, and the precious way he always was able to enjoy the fun in life without being overly self-conscious about how it might look to others.  Kenny suprised most with what he acomplished in his life and made the most of the gifts he was given.

Funeral Information

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Gramer Funeral Home, Clawson.

Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Clawson. Mr. Johnson will lie in state at 10:30 A.M. until mass begins at 11:00 A.M.

Burial to follow at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan



Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so are invited to make a memorial gift in the name of Kenneth Johnson to: DAV (Disabled American Veterans),

Donations Link:

Disabled American Veterans


Visitation:  Gramer Funeral Home

Service:  Guardian Angels Catholic Church

Cemetery:  White Chapel Cemetery

Kenneth L. Johnson


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The staff and facilities at Gramer were absolutely the best. Their heartfelt compassion & dedication were obvious. We couldn’t have asked for better care than we received. Brooke even had her wedding the day after Dad’s funeral and the service still went perfectly. We highly recommend Gramer.