Kenneth E Kolmodin Jr

January 1, 1949November 21, 2013

Kenneth Edwin Kolmodin, Jr, 64, died unexpectedly Nov. 21, 2013. He was born Jan. 1, 1949, in Kenosha, WI to Kenneth E. and Nedine A. (Killberg) Kolmodin. He lived for the past 32 years in Albion with his wife, Linda K. Kolmodin, where they raised their two daughters, Karen and Emily, in a circa 1894 Victorian home they lovingly restored. Ken was retired from Albion College as the Associate Vice President for Facilities, a position he held for nearly 30 years. At commencement 2011, Albion College honored him with emeritus status. During his tenure at the college, he was responsible for overseeing the renovation or construction of every building on campus. Under his leadership, Albion College implemented energy conservation measures and contributed greatly to the larger cause of sustainability. His contributions to Albion College and the greater Albion community earned him the 1986 Michigan Minuteman Governor’s Award for service to his state. He also volunteered as clock operator for the Albion College basketball and football teams for more than 20 years. A 1972 engineering graduate of the University of Michigan, Ken married Linda while they were undergraduate students. He was an avid U of M football fan and loved watching his Wolverines each fall. He and his family also enjoyed sailing aboard Second Wind II and spending summers in Petoskey in recent years. Most of all, he loved his family and spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. Ken was chair of the Homestead Savings Bank board of directors and previously served on many boards and committees. These included the Albion Community Foundation, the Albion Planning Commission (chair), project manager of the Albion Depot Restoration Committee, member of the Albion Board of Education, Festival of the Forks Committee chair and contributed to many local projects with his varied talents. His network of friends in Albion was extensive and his investment in, and love of, Albion was apparent in all that he did. He is survived by his Linda, his wife of 43 years; his daughters, Karen (Michael) MacDonell, Ph.D of Northville, and Emily (Anthony) Romeo, ABD of Chicago; grandsons, Joseph Kolmodin Romeo and Connor Edwin MacDonell, granddaughter, Nicoletta Kaye Romeo, and a grandchild to be born in the spring. He also leaves his sisters, Claire A. Kolmodin (John Carstens) of Eden Prairie, MN and Barbara J. Coursey (Lt. Col. Retired USAF), of Albuquerque, NM; brother, David C. (Debbie) Kolmodin of Houghton Lake, MI; in-laws, Barbara (Jansen) and Thomas Shepard of Lansing and Ronald C. and Shari Jansen of Sarasota. Also surviving are nieces, Stephanie Shepard, Michelle (Autry) Inman, Kimberly and Melodie Kolmodin, Sarah Coursey; nephews, Joel (Katey) Kolmodin, Timothy (Stacey) Kolmodin, James and JD Rashkin and RJ Jansen and great-nephews Deegan and Julian Kolmodin and great-niece Alanah Kolmodin.

Visitation is Monday, Nov. 25 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home 811 Finley Dr., Albion. Memorial service is at 2 PM Tuesday at Goodrich Chapel on the Albion College campus, with a reception following at Upper Baldwin Hall at Albion College. Memorial donations are suggested to the Albion Community Foundation in his honor.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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December 8, 2014

My love.

November 27, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda, Emily and Karen you have been on our hearts and we will continue to lift your family up in prayer.
Tonys' Aunt Sue, Uncle Gary, Liz and Laura Seibert
Redford, MI

Doug Pennington

November 25, 2013

"Linda, sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you have been missed at school since you have retired. Take care.

Ray Ganga

November 25, 2013

Ken taught me a lot about life and how to live it well. We will miss him.

Peter Mitchell

November 25, 2013

Becky and I were deeply saddened to learn of Ken's death. We send this tribute to a very special person:

Tribute to Ken Kolmodin
Becky and I were saddened to learn that Ken died suddenly. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Linda and the entire Kolmodin familty.

Ken Kolmodin was the consummate definition of “the gentleman.” His stature, demeanor, and personality exemplified what has been known for centuries as a gentleman. Kind, thoughtful, disciplined, and purposeful, Ken was the kind of person who quietly and unassumingly “just got the job done.” No fanfare, no drawing attention to himself, no bragging, just dedication and hard work.

Now, don't confuse gentleman with lack of passion or spunk. Ken was strong willed and even opinionated, but he channeled that strong will toward helping, inspiring and a bit of cajoling when needed to focus people's attention on the task at hand. I always knew that when Ken was given a responsibility that it would be carried to fruition and completed with the highest attention to quality and integrity. Nothing slip-shod or second rate about any project Ken oversaw. Only the best materials and effort would pass muster with Ken.

While I wasn't a close friend, I observed in Ken's interactions with his wife and children a caring and compassionate father and husband, but also one who believed in setting high standards for himself and those he loved. His disciplined demeanor would give way to a vulnerable and broad smile when he talked about the pride he felt toward his family.

In this time of quick fixes and immediate gratification, the “gentleman” with maturity, civility, courtesy, and the long view is a rarity. Losing “the gentleman from Irwin Avenue” is a loss for all of us. May we pay tribute to Ken's memory by trying harder to be the kind of gentleman he was.

November 25, 2013

We send our sincere condolences to you, Linda , and your family at this time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Paul and Mary Schudel

Bill McCoy

November 25, 2013

Ken's friendship, advice and belief in me will always be cherished.

Jeff Miller

November 25, 2013

Ken was a good friend and mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Marisa Ganga Perez

November 25, 2013

Linda and family,

Many thoughts and prayers of comfort sent your way. So very sorry for your loss.

November 24, 2013

Dear Kolmodin Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Glenn, Alex and Liam Adamus (Northville, MI)