Kenneth Edward Nietering, aged 63, of Dearborn, Michigan, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Ken was born April 16, 1957 in Grand Rapids, the son of Fred and Audrey Nietering. Ken attended Northview Schools, graduating valedictorian of the Northview High School class of 1975. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Western Michigan University in 1979 and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1983. Ken had a 35 year career with Ford Motor Company in their research labs in Dearborn, retiring in 2018, specializing in automotive glazings and coatings.
Ken is survived by his parents, Fred and Audrey, siblings Vicki (Jan) Stefan of Roseville, MN, Alan (Donna) Nietering of Rock Hill, SC, and Nancy (Spencer) Swift of Kentwood. He is also survived by his wife of 38 years, Emily, and three sons, Nathaniel (Kristen) Nietering of Zeeland, Eric (Allisondra) Nietering of Valparaiso, IN, and Kevin (Breanne) Nietering and grand-daughter Averie of Grandville. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ken enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on Big L Lake near Baldwin, where he was traveling to when he was involved in a fatal automobile accident. His hobbies included family genealogy research, nature photography, bird watching, and spending time with his family. Ken was a deacon at Littlefield Presbyterian Church in Dearborn. He was a beloved son, husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
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Littlefield Presbyterian Church
7560 Littlefield Blvd, Dearborn MI 48126
Environmental Interpretive Center - Fund 361597
University of Michigan Dearborn, MI