October 09, 1937 – May 25, 2013
Kenneth C. Chivell was called home by the Lord, following a lengthy illness, on May 25, 2013. He was born on October 9, 1937, in Norway, Michigan to Mabel (Rickaby) and Cleveland Chivell. He and his parents lived in De Pere, then moved to Oconto Falls where they farmed for many years. He attended Busy Nook Grade School and Oconto Falls High School. When his parents sold their farm, they moved to Green Valley, Wisconsin, Where they lived until 1974. They then moved to Gillett, Wisconsin, where he was a school bus driver for Smith Bus Lines and later James Bus Lines, for the Gillett School District. Later on, he drove bus for the Oconto County Commission on Aging, as well as delivering meals to the various meal sites in the area. He was a member of Tabor United Methodist Church in Gillett, and was also a lay minister. He took great pride in writing sermons and doing the “Dial-A-Prayer” for the church. Ken loved to draw, resulting in creations such as the Dodge Dart (a drawing sent in to The Lawrence Welk Show, which Dodge sponsored). Ken also had sent in picture of the Chevelle to the Dinah Shore show. He was just a teenager when he sent in his designs, but never knew that he should obtain patents for them, so was never recognized or rewarded for his efforts. He also was a deputy for the Shawano and Oconto County Sheriff’s Departments for a number of years, doing security for social events. He was and ambulance driver for the Gillett Joint Ambulance Service and enjoyed being able to help people.
He was a loving son, brother and uncle to his family. Upon the death of his parents, he continued to live in Gillett, saying it was the place where he always felt at home. In 2008, due to illness, progression of his Parkinson’s disease, and heart problems, he moved to Golden Living Nursing Home in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he resided until 2012, when he moved to ManorCare Healthcare Center, where he resided until his death.
He is survived by his nieces, Holly (Buck) Tuell, nephews, Bill Wolf, and Rick (Becky) Wolf. He is also survived by great-nieces, Jody and Jenny Wolf, and great-nephews, Sean (Alice) Tuell, Chris (C.J.) Tuell and special friend, Gina Race, Michael, Billy, and Jon Wolf. He is further survived by his great-great niece, Paige Tuell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Cleveland Chivell, maternal grandparents Clifford and Ida Rickaby, paternal grandparents, Thomas and Bess Chivell, a sister, Shirley Wolf, a brother-in-law, Fred Wolf, Jr., nieces, Jody Lynn Wolf and Martha (Filipiak) Wolf, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Friends may call from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Kuehl Funeral Home in Gillett. Funeral services will be held at 6 P.M. with Rev. Gerhardt Miller officiating. Burial will take place in Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery in Gillett. Kuehl Funeral Home (920)855-2144 will be assisting the family.
The family wishes to thank Jamie Chaudoir, Ken’s Brown County Caseworker, Dr. Demry and the staff of ManorCare West Nursing Center, and Heartland Hospice, for all their caring support and the wonderful care they gave to Ken.