Kenneth M. St. Clair, 91, of Mesa, AZ returned home peacefully to his Lord and Savior Sunday evening June 3, 2018. Born in Pontiac, MI on March 5, 1927 to William D. St. Clair and Eva (Hardy) St. Clair, he was a long time resident of Highland, MI.
During Ken’s high school years, in grade 11 he joined the U.S. Navy but was forced to wait until his 18th birthday for basic training. After his two years in the Navy, he took evening classes at Northern High to get his GED trying to get out of there as fast as he could because a girl was flirting with him. (!) He attended Michigan State for two years for Business Administration and shortly after, joined the Air Force for two years, transferring to Fort Worth, TX. While in the Air Force, he managed to find enough spare time in the evenings to take art classes at Texas Christian University. He was one of the WWII survivors who were recognized for their service during a very memorable trip to Washington D.C. in October of 2016 with his son Bob.
Ken had a lot of drive and took pride and dedication in whatever he did in life. He enjoyed a successful 34 year career working at the General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford, MI where he met and married his future wife, Betty Ford. They were married July 12, 1969 before transferring to Mesa, AZ and Ken later retiring. During his early years at GM, he was employed full time while also a full time student, prompting an impressive article and family photo in the Detroit News on June 13, 1958. Years later, he was awarded $10,000 for submitting a suggestion that GM used. After graduating from GM Tech Center, he started up a reputable side business, repairing TVs and other electronics. Shortly after retirement he bought a small business, making and installing window screens. Some of Ken’s favorite things to do included watching old war movies with son Bob, doing ceramics, square dancing, and cross country traveling in his RV with Betty to visit his family in MI and TX.
Ken is preceded in death by his grandsons Andy Kyler and Joshua St. Clair; siblings Mary (Leroy) St. Clair Erickson, Jack (Laverne) St. Clair, Don (Ada) St. Clair, Bill (Donna) St. Clair, Norm (Janette) St. Clair, Carl (Grace) St. Clair, and step brother Al Redman. He is survived by his wife Betty of 48 years; their three children Teresa (Ken) Brown, Holly (Brent) Chandler, Bob (Kellie) Kyler, and from a previous marriage his five children Kathy (Mark) Stoll, Karen (Roger) Biddinger, Kim (John) Fleming, Kristy (Joe) Bovitz, Tom St. Clair; 16 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren; half siblings Fran (Joseph) Redman, Chuck (Carol) Redman, Frank (Connie) Redman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery at 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ. 85207.
Memorial donations may be made in Ken’s name to The Phoenix Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 6708, Phoenix, AZ. 85005 (please include a note if you would like the family to be notified of your contribution)
The family would like to extend their gratitude for all the special care, compassion and support provided by the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living, from Suncrest Hospice and also from Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. Last but definitely not least, to Holly for being there for Ken/Dad during his time of need.
“Life can never stay the same no matter how we try.
Our hands can never stop the clock of life from ticking by.
But love remains, unchanging in the care of sorrowing hearts
For as the love of life is stilled, the love of memory starts.”