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Kenneth Stephen Sarkozy

Musician, Visual Artist, Scholar, Photographer, Radio Producer, Builder, Teacher, Creative Witty Humanist, and a too modest, lovely man died on September 14, 2020 of cancer at his home in Kalamazoo, MI. He was 77 years old. Ken was held close through his travails by his family, friends, and hospice care. Born in Dearborn, MI on February 12, 1943, to parents Michael Sarkozy and Margaret E. Savasky. His death is an immeasurable loss to his wife, Judith Killeen, whom he married on August 8, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan after which they moved to their beloved Kalamazoo in 1976. He is survived by two brothers, David M. Sarkozy and William A. Sarkozy; two nieces, Alexandra E. Sarkozy and Susanne M. Sarkozy; and two sister-in-laws, Ardith D. Sarkozy and Linda M. Sarkozy. He retired after working for 17 years at Ministry with Community, a day-time shelter for the homeless. Before that, he worked for the Downtown Kalamazoo Association, and co-founded Sarkozy Bakery. After retirement he resumed work at the bakery. Ken will be cremated, and any personal remembrances will be compiled into an on-line tribute. Please send your personal remembrance to sarkozykal@earthlink.com. Memorial contributions in memory of Ken can be made to the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and Ministry with Community. While at Ken's webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign his guestbook by sharing a memory with his family.

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Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Kenneth Stephen Sarkozy.

Sep 19 2020 9:16 AM

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Kimberly Moss Sep 17 2020 7:20 PM

A gentle man. Kind. You felt good around Ken. He will be missed. ....grateful patron of this beautiful bakery...

kiki davis Sep 17 2020 2:02 PM

One of my fondest memories of Ken was his performance at a Ministry with Community Talent show some years ago. Ministry members would often perceive him as the serious, Assistant Executive Director who competently handled financial and maintenance matters, worked long hours keeping all the multiple challenges of running a non-profit working well, while maintaining a low profile, never asking for recognition of any kind. Then, here comes "the blues man", Ken in sunglasses and white sweat socks sitting down with guitar to sing in front of a member, staff, volunteer and visitor audience. He broke out with a number of his favorite blues pieces to the joy and laughter of all of us. One particular member sitting in the front row on the completion of several pieces kept saying in a gravely voice "I love those socks". I will miss him very much. Phil Boothroyd

Phil Boothroyd Sep 17 2020 9:28 AM

Dear Judy, Im so sorry. You and Ken were a beautiful team. Love, Ellen Ellen Macdonald Decorah, Iowa

Ellen Macdonald Sep 15 2020 11:51 AM

Friends and Family uploaded 3 to the gallery.

Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM