Kenneth Monroe CalkinsJuly 10, 1911 – Dec. 29, 2004
Kenneth was born July 10, 1911, on the Calkins farm in Perry Township, Shiawassee County, Mich. He was the second son of Benjamin and Mildred Calkins (Bridger). He was preceded in death by his brother Gordon. Kenneth entered his rest on on Dec. 29, at the age of 93.The Calkins family consisted of three-generation master farmers. The farm was on Miller Road in Perry and Bennington townships. They were members of the Perry Congregational Church, where Ken served as church clerk and often contributed to the maintenance of the building.Kenneth was a 70-year veteran member of the IOOF Lodge 206 in Perry, Mich., and also a member of the Seven Stars Rebekah Lodge 91 in Carbondale. Aviation was one of his prime interests. As a private pilot he received great pleasure in “taking people up” for their first flight over the beautiful landscape of Central Michigan.Married to Carol Jacobs (Hogan) in 1970, he moved to Aspen in 1985, where they lived on Missouri Heights overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley. They attended the Glenwood Springs Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where Ken served as a deacon and contributed much to various building projects.During his last years he spent many hours crocheting rag rugs, with his dog, Ricky, by his side and Kitzy, the cat, in his lap.Kenneth is survived by his wife; stepson Rodney Jacobs and his wife Niki of Aspen; stepson John Jacobs, his wife Anita and their two children, Greg and Alyssa, of Mission Viejo, Calif.Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan.1, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2314 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Roselawn Cemetery in Perry, Mich.While the family respectfully requests the omission of flowers, those who wish may make donations to the Roaring Fork Hospice in Mr. Calkins’ memory.While the family respectfully requests the omission of flowers, those who wish may make donations to the Roaring Fork Hospice in Mr. Calkins’ memory.
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