Kenneth M. Whitbeck, 77 of Akron, passed away suddenly on Friday (June 25, 2021) at Buffalo General Hospital.
He was born February 1, 1944 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late John “Louie” and Elizabeth Pfohl Whitbeck.
Survivors include a daughter, Dawn L. Whitbeck of Akron. Son, Tom Whitbeck of Akron. Grandchildren, Christopher M. Borchert, Matthew H. Borchert, Bryan A. Whitbeck and Tyler J. Whitbeck. Brother, James S. (Sally) Whitbeck of East Rochester. Nephews, Adam J. Whitbeck (Holly)(3 Great Nephews), Andrew J. Whitbeck (Sarah), Amanda M. Morabito (Michael)(3 Great Nieces)
Ken was predeceased by his wife, Dale H. Whitbeck (Hutchinson); son, Steven A. Whitbeck and brother Everett G. Whitbeck.
Mr. Whitbeck was retired from General Motors after working at the Tonawanda Engine Plant for 33 years. He was a proud Veteran, having served his country with the U.S. Army from 1965-1967.
In retirement, Ken was able to give more time to the hobbies he loved to do with his family. Some of the hobbies included wood working, where he would cut or carve out many items for mom to paint and share with his children and grandchildren for birthdays and holiday gifts. He enjoyed taking care of his flowers and lawns, for all to enjoy. Fishing was a hobby he shared with many friends and family members, on Lake Ontario and Lake Allice. In the evenings he enjoyed watching the Yankees play baseball. Weekends were spent relaxing at Lake Allice with family and friends, and enjoyed being “Captain Ken” for the pontoon boat rides. For many years he travelled to Florida with his late wife, enjoying the sites and warm weather. Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Ken will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, memories and condolences on Thursday (July 8th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, where a memorial service will be Friday (July 9th) at 10:30am. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery. The family invites friends to a memorial luncheon at 12pm at the American Legion L.L. Tillman Post 900, located at 9 Eckerson Ave, Akron, NY 14001.
Memorial contributions in his name may be offered to American Legion L.L. Tillman Post 900. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.