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Kenneth Kisser

Kisser, Kenneth F. AuGres, Michigan Beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at his home. Age 66 years. Kenneth was born March 2, 1950, in Saginaw, the son of the late Floyd and Donna (Heidenblut) Kisser. He graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School with the Class of 1968. He served with the US Army in the Vietnam War. He received his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Delta College and later completed study at the Earl F. DeMarse Corrections Academy in Lansing. He had been employed at Saginaw Control and Baker Perkins before being employed as a Corrections Officer with the State of Michigan Department of Corrections. He was a member of American Legion Post #104 in Standish. He was a passionate outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing with his sons. He married Sandra L. Wisniewski, who predeceased him February 19, 2012. Surviving are three sons, Kenneth (Amy) Kisser, Patrick (Theresa) Kisser, and Christopher (Melissa) Kisser; six granddaughters, Nichole, Jamie, Brooke, Allyson, Erin and Kori; two sisters and one brother, Marsha (James) Engelhardt, Karen (Joseph) Hatzke and Floyd "Duke" (Sue) Kisser; his parents-in-law, Frank and Edith Wisniewski; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Colette) Wisniewski and Brian (Sharon) Wisniewski; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and their families. Funeral service will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, where his family will receive friends from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, and then on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Fr. Robert DeLand will officiate with committal in Chapel Hill Cemetery and military honors. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

 

 
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07/09/18 03:54 PM #1    

Michael Gardyko

Kenneth Floyd Kisser

Evidence of Kenneth Floyd Kisser’s military service has over time been reduced solely to his Form DD214, Armed Forces Report of Discharge, which itself appears to have been rescued from Saginaw's Great Flood of 1986. The damaged document offered some information which was augmented by a redacted copy of Ken's Form DA20, Enlisted Qualification Record obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information request filed with the 1st Congressional District office of Michigan.

  • Ken enlisted in the Army on June 12, 1969
  • In addition to Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Ken received training in general vehicle repair and maintenance at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as well as wheeled vehicle mechanic's training at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • On 21FEB70, Ken was initially stationed with the 2nd Battalion, 54th Infantry, 4th Armored Division in Bamberg, Germany for a short 4-month tour
  • Kisser rotated to Vietnam 12AUG70 and attached to the 608th Transportation Company, 14th Transportation Battalion, 34th General Support Group
  • He appears to have been promoted to Sergeant within a few months of assignment to Vietnam working with tracked vehicles
  • Ken was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his service unrelated to combat or hostile action
  • Kisser rotated out of Vietnam 5JUN71 together with his entire unit
  • He was discharged from active duty early as an Overseas Returnee having served only 1 year, 11 months and 24 days of his 3-year active duty enlistment
  • Sergeant Kisser’s decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960-Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation, 1 Overseas War Service Bar and the Army Commendation Medal


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