Kenneth Emil PlanteKenneth Emil Plante, 78, of Cloquet, passed away on Friday Dec. 13, 2013 following his courageous battle with Mesothelioma, surrounded by his loving family.
Kenneth Emil Plante, 78, of Cloquet, passed away on Friday Dec. 13, 2013 following his courageous battle with Mesothelioma, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Nov. 29, 1935 to Emil and Tyne Plante.
He served in the United States Air Force servicing fighter aircraft.
He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for bravery during his service.
He served as a computer engineer for NCR from 1958 until his retirement in 1992. Ken owned and operated several small businesses including Cloquet Computer and Ken’s Guns. His talent for mechanics was extraordinary and he helped many with his talents.
Ken had a passion for friendship, sporting clays, hunting, fishing, and hockey. He valued his life-long friends with whom he shared many trips to hunt turkey. His final deer hunting trip to Holyoke was priceless. Ken had a great love for the wilderness, respect for natural resources and passed these values on by word and example on BWCA canoe trips, trapping, and fishing on the Great Lakes.
His commitment to his faith in God was demonstrated through his ministry in Alcoholics Anonymous, and he will be remembered as a devoted, honest, hard-working and loyal friend. He is beloved to his family, his community, and a great loss to all who knew him.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents Emil and Tyne; brother, Howard; sisters, Evelyn and Mary Leone Plante; and nephew Ryan Plante.
Ken is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon (Thompson); brothers, Al (Mary), Bruce (Sandy); sister, Betty (Bob) Milberger; and his children Michael (Rebecca), Michelle Plante, Dawn (John) Kittel, Douglas (Susan), and Stuart (Elizabeth); 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. celebration of life Jan. 18, 2014 in the Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle in Cloquet, Minn. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.
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