Kenneth L. Kosutich

IRON MOUNTAIN – Kenneth L. Kosutich, 54, of Iron Mountain, departed us on Saturday, July 12, 2014, to start the beginning of his new life.

He was born Nov. 17, 1959, in Bay City, Mich. son of Ken and Nancy (Lewandowski) Kosutich.

Ken played Little League in Gaylord, Mich.; he was an awesome catcher behind the plate and was proud to watch his nephew Ben catch behind the plate. He didn’t play sports when he reached his teens because of his arthritis.

He moved to Ralph, in 1976, and graduated from North Dickinson High School, class of 1978.

Ken worked at the family business from time to time but his favorite job was driving truck across the country. He enjoyed meeting new people and seeing things that the average person could only dream of. Texas was one of his favorite states to drive in. During his truck driving career his friends from the area that also drove truck were like brothers to him; they all had a special bond. His handle on the CB was “Squid” and some people actually did not know his real name. His saying on his semi said “Let the Good Times Roll.”

In the 1980s, he was often in Texas and enjoyed going to the old Mickey Gilley’s Bar and riding the mechanical bull (at least he tried to). He bought many T-shirts and hats from all the truck stops and wore them all the time.

Ken was a member of the Uren-Cooper Johnson Sons of the American Legion Post 50 in Iron Mountain. He enjoyed the time that he spent there and often said “it was his home away from home.” Everyone was kind to him there.

He never had any children or got married, but he always had a special place in his heart for the girlfriend he had 23 years ago.

Ken disliked chicken, warm beer, waiting for people, snow, commercials on television and artists that re-did songs. His favorite color was red; he liked watermelon and could eat a large one in two days, he enjoyed A & W chili dogs and fine chocolates.

Ken was a walking encyclopedia when it came to sports and was a life-long fan of the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings. He celebrated his birthday each year, on Nov. 17 and again on May 17 (his 1/2 year birthday), as if it were a national holiday. Ken went all out decorating for Christmas which was usually a four-day event. On holidays he insisted on spending them alone doing his own thing.

He enjoyed having a few drinks and at times lots of drinks but that’s how he rolled, enjoying life the way he wanted to.

Ken never answered his phone before 11 a.m. no matter who was calling and then only if he felt like it. He enjoyed calling people sometimes late at night to reminisce about old times. Ken fished once in a while, entered contests and raffles and even subscribed to Readers Digest for many years, never reading one issue.

He was liked by all who knew him; he had a positive attitude and always looked for the good in people.

Ken is survived by his mother, Nancy Lewandowski Kosutich, Foster City, and one sister, Karen Kosutich and his nephew, Ben Jensen, both of Ralph.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ken Kosutich in 2009.

In accordance with Ken’s wishes, private family visitation and services were held. In Ken’s memory he asks that all who read this please donate to your local cancer society.

Ken’s final resting place will be on top of a mountain in Texas.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Ken, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain to honor Ken’s Legacy of Life.