Kenneth Michael Wardo
April 23, 1953 – February 24, 2020
Kenneth Michael Wardo, age 66, of Loveland, passed away Monday, February 24, 2020. He was born on April 23, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan to Joan T. Wardo and the late Albert B. Wardo. He was proud to be the eldest son and brother of his family.
Ken was the lead alter boy at St. Valentines Parish in Redford. This led him into seminary school where he discovered investigating the tunnels was more of an interest than the priesthood. He had a natural curiosity and a constant thirst for knowledge.
Ken served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War receiving an honorable discharge. Afterward, he went on to obtain an associate degree in criminal law. He became a police officer serving the city of Detroit, and later created his own private investigation business which was his true passion.
On a whim, Ken traveled to Colorado with an uncle where he met the love of his life, his bride, Taffy Fody. Together they built a solid foundation in faith and love. Ken and Taffy loved to travel and were especially fond of exploring the wilderness of the west. They enjoyed spending time in the mountains on Elmer’s horse ranch horseback riding, camping, and making memories with family. Ken had a passion for firearms and shooting which he enjoyed sharing with friends and family.
Ken never met a stranger and spread kindness to everyone he encountered. He found joy in playing with his numerous nephews and nieces and enjoyed the friendship of his brother and sister in-laws. He valued respect, integrity, and honesty. His word was his bond. Ken was generous and witty, and he appreciated a well-developed prank. He truly loved deep conversation.
Ken’s best blessing was the birth of his daughter, Nicole. She is such a bright light, and he was the proudest father. He was a very present and devoted husband and father. He was grateful God gave him a son to walk with Nicole. He was incredibly honored to be a grandpa.
He is preceded in death by his father, Albert. Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Therese; his daughter, Nicole Wardo and son in-law Chris Thompson; his grandson, Marshall Wardo; his mother, Joan Wardo of MI; sister, Suzanne Perdue of MI; brother, Larry Wardo of MI; sister in-law, Mary Elaine Monge of MI and Peggie (Scott) Hoyer of CO; brother in-law, Paul Fody of CO and Joe Fody of WY; as well as many nieces and nephews, and close family friends.
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Kenneth Michael Wardo
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March 17, 2020
Rest in Peace Uncle Kenny.
I will never forget your sense of humor. You are someone who I can truly classify as one of the most unique characters I have ever known and one I will never forget. I have always thought of you daily my entire life - you had that kind of personality and it impacted me so greatly. My friends who have never met you have heard things about you.
I will always remember the camping trips up Storm Mountain, going to Estes Park, your contagious laugh and gregariousness around the Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve table. Making homemade videos. Those days in the late 80s/early 90s at Grandpa's. Telling me all about your days as a cop in Michigan, and your love for Frank Serpico. The laughing ball in the woods that terrified me as a child. Your lust for licking every inch of your cigar before smoking it. You always had the best greeting for me of anyone: "Hey DAN-O!!" followed by the most sincere and genuine handshake a man could give. And who could forget "Cole Bird" and "Cuh-PPPP."
I love you and miss you but will never forget you. You have raised an amazing, amazing daughter in Nicole and that says anything anyone will ever need to know about the quality of person you are.
Your memories will live on with me!!!
March 16, 2020
I was truly blessed by God the day the Wardo's moved back to Michigan and the house on Farley street. That day gave me a very special man to love.
We often joked about calling each other boy friend and girl friend (with our spouse's blessings).
We shared our love of coffee together most mornings. I can still hear you calling me across the backyard,
"Hey Girl friend, are you up yet? Ready for coffee? My porch or yours?” Coffee in hand and stories being told, there we would sit enjoying our mornings. I still chuckle over the neighborhood gossip (which you enjoyed keeping going).
Over the last 30 years we shared so many special moments and memories, from Colorado to Michigan and Montana to Florida. These memories will always live in my heart.
You also shared your family, two more of the greatest blessings of my life, the Sister of my Heart and my other special Brat Child. All of you completed my family and made my heart happy.
To you my friend, I will always love, honor, protect, guide and cherish what you gave me that fateful day--The Family of my Heart.
March 7, 2020
You will be missed. Your many years next door will not be forgotten my friend.