Kenneth W. Shuey, 64, of Hayward died Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.
Kenneth William Shuey was born March 10, 1955, in Freeport, Illinois, the son of James and Esther (Otte) Shuey. He was joined in marriage to Jeannine (Oppold) Shuey on Aug. 23, 1975, on Willow Lake in Freeport. In 1978 Ken and Jeanne moved to the Hayward area. He was a skilled carpenter and general contractor for over 40 years and left his mark on several homes and cabins in the area. Ken also ran a cranberry farm for several years. Over the past 10 years he worked in the maintenance department at the Sawyer County Courthouse, where his co-workers became family.
Ken served on the Bass Lake Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years, serving as fire chief for several years. Ken was also very involved in the First Congregational Church, where he was a member of the choir for several years. He always put everyone else before himself, and was always one to lend a hand, Ken lived out God’s commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. He knew no strangers, only friends, and his easy smile and great sense of humor endeared him to everyone he met. Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and was an avid sports fan. It was not unusual to find him working on a project and listening to the Milwaukee Brewers or the Hayward Hurricanes on the radio.
Ken’s greatest joy was found in his family with his wife Jeanne, daughter Emily Shuey, daughter Carrie and son-in law Jake Wookey. He especially loved being “Grandpa” to his special buddy, George Taylor. He showed us his true strength in the last year and a half as he fought cancer, still smiling and always positive. Ken was quick to make jokes and never one to stay idle and kept working on his “projects” until the end. He instilled within all of us love and values that will carry us on. Ken will be dearly missed and always in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughters, Carrie (Jake) Wookey and Emily Shuey; grandson, George Taylor; brothers, Thomas (Victoria) Shuey, David (Lou Ellen) Shuey and Timothy Shuey; sisters, Kathleen (Robert) Lamm and Anna (Brad) Winesburg; stepbrothers, Robert (Martha) Oppold, Kenner (Betsey) Oppold and Charles Oppold; and many nieces and nephews.
Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Esther (Otte) Shuey; father, James Hobart Shuey; stepmother, Dorothy (Van Raalte) Shuey; and stepbrother, Carl Oppold.
A memorial service was held at 11a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Spider Lake Church, Main Street Campus, in Hayward with Pastor Gary Hilgendorf officiating and music provided by Cheryl Beaver and Steve True. Visitation was held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the church. A private burial will be held at a later date.
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