Covell Funeral Home

312 Pine Street, Elk Rapids, MI


Kish Wahi

September 26, 1928November 4, 2019

On Monday, November 4, 2019, Nand Kishor Wahi, “Kish”, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 91 in Antrim County, Michigan. Kish was born on September 26, 1928 in Lahore, Pakistan eventually making his way to New Delhi, India at the age of 19 with his parents and siblings during partition. Kish received his undergrad and master’s degrees in psychology in England before coming to the United States on the Queen Elizabeth to attend a doctoral program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Wahi was a professor at Eastern Michigan University where he taught graduate classes in education for 30 years — to literally thousands of students. In 1969 he married Ellen Marie Lindeman; they had two children, Jennifer and Kurtis, and made their home in Northville, Michigan. Kish loved gardening, plants and trees, and being surrounded by nature and the outdoors. He also loved his Michigan Wolverine football team. He was a compassionate man who cared deeply and equally for humankind, the earth, animals, and people. Kish was known for his quick wit and sense of humor, his tenacious number and math skills, and his infectious, kind, caring gentle personality. In his retirement years, Kish and Ellen spent summers on beautiful Torch Lake in northern Michigan to be close to their daughter. They spent winters in Grass Valley, California near their son. Kish loved his wife deeply and was so proud of his two children and all their accomplishments in life. Kish is survived by so many friends and family members to mention. He was one of seven children and is even survived by his 99 year old brother Benarsi. Kish is also lovingly survived by his “furry grand pets” who will all miss grandpa greatly. Kish will be cremated at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, Michigan and a celebration of his life will take place on Torch Lake in the spring where the family hopes everyone who knew Kish will join them. Kish’s children, Jenny and Kurtis, ask in the meantime that you love and celebrate life like their father did and to take the time to have meaningful conversations with loved ones while they are with you. Donations to fire rescue such as California Fire Foundation, Amazon Rainforest Alliance, Save the Earth Foundation, and Luke’s Landing for animals or any other local charities helping people in need, animals in need, or the planet in Kish Wahi’s memory can be made in order to make the world a better place. Fly with the angels Kish – 2952! 2952! We love you!


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Larry Quade

November 21, 2019

Kish and I met years ago at the Grand Traverse Resort, 'The Club' as he always referred to it, and our friendship grew and blossomed over the ensuing weeks, months, and years. In many ways we had much in common and in others, we were the antithesis of each other. Nonetheless, the bond of our friendship grew stronger with each morning conversation (between our 'strenuous workouts' of course).

His passing has definitely left a void in my life, but his memory will burn eternal.

Susan Odgers

November 8, 2019

Kish Wahi was one of the most brilliant human beings to walk the earth; kind, smart, caring, funny. He was our Yoda.
Words can’t describe how much we’ll miss him.
Love and peace to Ellen, Jenny, Kurtis and family/friends.
Susan Odgers & Tom Mair

Kim Stevens

November 6, 2019

I met Kish when he was an adjunct for WMU during his retirement years. Before class would start, Kish and I shared many meaningful conversations from health to recipes to ethics. Having Kish meet my family was such a highlight as Kish would converse with them about his childhood and "perdition" as I remember him calling it. He also cooked his heavenly Indian meal that my daughter still talks about years later. As an instructor at GTR, just recently I was able to see Kish coming in to workout. I was able to catch him quick to get updated and he remarked how I needed to slow down on my work life and enjoy all of life now as he knows first hand that it passes quickly. He commented that I even had a couple of gray hairs to help remind me that I'm getting older. Kish had visited WMU on my 40th birthday and surprised me with candy and patted my head. Now,16 years later, he reminds me to start taking every moment in. You will be missed Kish and I will try harder to remember all of your wise words!

Jackie Abeyta

November 6, 2019

Dearest Ellen,

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing on Kish. He had a heart of gold! My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Thoughts and prayers.

Thinking of you,

Jackie Abeyta and Family

Kevin Bradley

November 5, 2019

My condolences to the Wahi family. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you. May this sadness be filled with the warm light of such a wonderful man and the beautiful memories he has offered us all.

With respect,
The Bradley family

Jenny Wahi

November 5, 2019

Cheryl Phillips

November 5, 2019

You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you at this most difficult time.


Cheryl & Patrick

Kurtis Wahi

November 5, 2019

2952 ! Follow the Devine path dad ! I love you to the stars . May god grace you and your angels guide you . You’re dearly missed here . We will be united again my friend . Till then . I love you so much Dad !

Jenny Wahi

November 5, 2019

I love you dad with my entire heart and soul.