Saleh K. Kais

November 27, 1945October 2, 2020

Our family’s collective heart was once again rocked with tragedy. Our dear father, Saleh K. Kais–devout husband to his late wife Summer, loving father to his children Dr. Susan and Aimen, and beloved brother to his siblings Raouf, Mehanna, Hassan, Fatat, Fadila, Akram, and Adnan–died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep. He spent a beautiful evening before his death at his brother Hassan’s house with his children by his side, sharing stories and laughs over dinner and dessert, enjoying one of his favorite meals–kusa (stuffed zucchini). With a full heart, we went home and he said goodnight to his children, and went to sleep in good spirits...never to awaken again. We are completely heartbroken. Our father Saleh was a kind, gentle, jovial, loving, and happy-spirited man who was a jack-of-all-trades. He was a wonderful storyteller and jokester who could always make you laugh and loved the company of others. He was a proud UAW member who spent over 30 years working for General Motors beside his brother Hassan. His love for family was rivaled only by his love for gardening and home improvement projects—no task was too big or too small. His positive energy and infectious smile were loved by all. We are grateful that he passed quietly in his sleep without any sign of suffering. May he rest in eternal peace. Dad, thank you for being the best father we could ask for with your unconditional love, brilliant mind, optimistic outlook on life, and your unwavering belief in us. You epitomize the American dream. Thank you for being such a warm, kind, generous father, brother, son, uncle, and friend to all who had the honor of knowing you. You touched more lives than you could ever know—from the mountains of Lebanon to your adopted home in America—and we will miss you more than you could possibly imagine. Please give Mom a big hug and kiss from all of us. Until we meet again....

Saleh is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Summer. He is survived by his children, Dr. Susan Kais and Aimen (Maha Kandalaft) Kais. Saleh is also survived by siblings, Raouf (Ekram), Mehanna (Hyatt), Hassan (Nora), Fatat (Wajee Boughader), Akram (Nabila), Fadila and Adnan (Randa). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 5 from 11 AM – 5 PM at Reyers with a Funeral Service at 2 PM. Due to limited people allowed at the funeral home, there will be access to livestream the service through the Reyers Facebook page and website.

Saleh will have a private Graveside Service at United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth, MI at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Druze Orphans and Charitable Organization in New York.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 5, 2020



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Bob Cunningham

October 8, 2020

Saleh was a co-worker for over 25 years, a neighbor for 20 years and and best of all a friend. So many great memories of Saleh and his wife, Summer. They would bring over wonder food. He would give me solid advice, almost fatherly advice. He cared. Always a busy guy. His lawn and yard were always so beautiful. I sat in his garage a few times with him, while he drank his tea, I believe from his special silver coffee brewer. It was always wonderful to spend time with him. I wished I had gotten to spend more time with him. He will be missed.

Rebecca Sypniewski

October 4, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Sal’s passing. We lived next door for almost 10 years. We have so many great memories - gardening and lawn tips, catching moles, eating pineapple upside down cake, and watermelon on the porch in the summertime.
The one and only time we “lost” one of our kids was when Jane, now 19 yrs old, snuck over to eat watermelon with Summer inside the house at age 3. So many great memories that still make us smile.

Sending lots of love and prayers.

JP, Rebecca, Jacob, Jane and Abby Sypniewski

Karen Hastidt

October 4, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Sal at G.M. 36th street. He was always trying to make you laugh. A hard worker. Spoke of his daughter often , he was so proud.

Sana Kays

October 4, 2020

We are saddened by the death of uncle Saleh... May his soul Rest In Peace, I do not know him well in person as I was very young when he left Lebanon... a great memory remains in my mind and heart on his wedding day... a very handsome and classy man... I know that my father Youssef used to like him a lot and always refer to him by my cousin “ the gentleman”... I was so honored to meet later Suzie and Aiman... my dearest cousins... I would say that God has chosen both your mom and dad as he always picks the best roses... May Allah help you endure their loss... please accept our deepest condolences, Sana, Abbas, Omar and Tamara...

Jeffrey Downing

October 4, 2020

So sorry to hear of Sal's death. He and I worked together at GM 36th st. plant. Sal was kind, funny, and loving. He will be missed. In fact, he is already missed.
Dr. Susan, may your life be blessed with many wonderful memories of your father's life !

Dale North

October 4, 2020

Sal and I worked together for many years , mostly at the trim plant which constantly was going through changes. What an awesome honor and privilege it was to not only work with Sal but to have him as a close and cherished friend, those who Sal touched will forever be blessed by having such a wonderful friend. This world will miss you my friend. Rest In Peace.

Rob Swisher

October 4, 2020

I knew Sal from Saginaw he and his family were friends with some friends of my parents the man sold rugs at a furniture store. Then I also worked side by side with Sal at GM Alpine plant. Sal told us great stories he gave us all the history stories that he lived. To his family, he was a great person to work with and I will miss him even though we lost touch after we retired. RIP Sal


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