Louis Peter Kivi, M.D.

June 1, 1922May 10, 2013

Louis Peter Kivi, M.D. Mason, MI Age 90, died May 10, 2013 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. He was born June 1, 1922, in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Ann Arbor Senior High School in 1940. During high school he was recognized as the nation’s best school boy swimmer in the 50, 100, and 200 yard freestyle and breast stroke medley relay receiving national honors. He began his freshman year at the University of Michigan and was awarded the Julie Hopwood scholarship for writing an essay entitled, “A Character Study of a Florida Lobster Fisherman.” While attending the University of Michigan he entered the armed forces in April, 1941. He was assigned to 385th Bomb Group 548th Squadron at the Great Ashfield Airfield in England flying B-17 missions over Nazi Germany. At the end of WWII he returned to Germany to fly home French prisoners of war, and also did food drops over Holland. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force in May, 1945. He returned to the United States and continued medical school earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1950. Dr. Kivi completed post-graduate training in Orthopaedic Surgery. He practiced private Orthopaedic Surgery in Ann Arbor from 1953-1990 and Independent Medical Examinations in Ann Arbor and Manistee, MI from 1990 to 2008. He held a staff appointment at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (1972-1978). He was an active member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Association, Michigan Alumni Association, and the and the University of Michigan Orthopaedic Society. His staff memberships include St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Emeritus, University of Michigan Medical Center Clinical Instructor and Department of Surgery, West Shore Medical Center active non-treating physician. Preceding him in death, grandfather and grandmother, Norman A., curator of the University of Michigan Zoological collection, and Lillian Wood; father and mother, Peter K. and Annetta Wood Kivi; and son, Allen L. Kivi. Surviving are his wife, Effie (Sweetie) Kivi, of Mason, MI; children Cheryl Kivi of Milford, MI, David (Wendy) Kivi of Ann Arbor, MI, Douglas (Mary) Kivi of Pinckney, MI, Craig Kivi of Pinckney, MI, Scott (Patti) Kivi of Dexter, MI, Adam Kivi of Ann Arbor, MI, and Angela Kivi of Shelton, WA; and sister, Lois (Marvin) Nochman. Also surviving are grandchildren, Amanda Kivi, Justin Kivi, Kara (Rob) Pridgen, Kendra (Matt) Gibson, Brandon (Tabitha) Kivi, Brandi (Robert) Castillo, Kaitlyn Kivi, Rebecca Kivi; great-grandchildren Anna, Christian, Rowen, Caleb, Elsie; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorial tributes may be made to the University of Michigan Medical School, 1301 Catherine St., #4101, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Orthopaedic Department, Office of Development, P. O. Box 995, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0995 or any local humane society. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI with Deacon Al Turkovich, officiating, with full military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. On-line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 18, 2013

Louis Peter Kivi, M.D.

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Susan Hogle Anderson

June 6, 2013

God bless this kind and gentle man/physician, and God bless you Effie for your loving care.

Robert Young

May 22, 2013

Mrs. Kivi and Family,
I want to extend my respect and concern to you and to Dr. Kivi. He was a caring and gifted physician and teacher and will be missed. We are thinking of you and share your sorrow.

Renata Pauli

May 20, 2013

We just wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family. We know his contribution to our communities and the world will continue their ripple affect through his deeds and his family and for that we are grateful

Donna Pointer

May 18, 2013

Please accept the condolences of the entire Pointer family.
Donna Pointer

May 18, 2013

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. I will always cherish the fun times we had mushroom hunting and camping. There are lots of other memories throughout my lifetime. Lou will be missed. Sending hugs your way to you all. Love, Eric and Renata (Szymanski) Halberstadt.

Bertlyn Cornish

May 18, 2013

Dr Louis Kivi you will be greatly miss by your Bahamian family especially your Bahamian daughters Julia and Bertlyn we will never forget your kindness for you did open your home in Michigan for us so many times I can hear you saying Bertlyn how's the weather down there in the Bahamas today we really miss you
Aunt sweete be strong today our prayers are with you love y'all!

Don Novak

May 17, 2013

We have lost one of the great surgeons of our era. Dr Kivi, along with Drs Bower and Peterson and Saheed Farhatt, not only saved my life, but also allowed me to make a full recovery from a bad automobile accident I had in 1967. It is with utmost sorrow that I see his name in this fashion. Dr Kivi, you have served mankind well. May GOD take good care of you now.

May 17, 2013

Dave & Wendy, Our heart goes out to you during this difficult time. We're here for you if you should need anything.

Ron & Nancy Olson

May 16, 2013

Dear Effie and Family,

It is a passing of a wonderful person who gave much to the world in his lifetime. You all have my sympathy.

Effie, I will be in touch with you after things are calmer. I greatly appreciate your call.

Kathleen Schafer

John Bailey

May 16, 2013

I remember Dr. Kivi as the man who saved my leg when it was common knowledge in 1966 to just snip it off. He did what I was told MANY times was impossible. When I arrived at Valley Forge Army Hosp. a week later, the Dr. there called for all new patients to get x-rays taken. One look at the x-ray and the Dr. looked me in the eye and said, " You're from Michigan" then started pointing to the x-ray and showed parts of it to the interns... Then looked back at me and said, "Doctor Kivi worked on you didn't he?"... I said yes, "What did he do carve his initials on the bone?"... They all laughed and said, "Whatever he thinks can live, we're going to save. That leg is not coming off on my watch." Twenty three full length cast and three years later I was walking on the leg that was suppose to be gone. I am now an evangelist and in my testimony I tell this story maybe ten times a year. How God put this wonderful man in my life. I only wish I had known where to find him years ago so I could thank him personally. I believe he saved not only my leg but my life, or at least my future.