Kenneth L. Kutlik, was born on September 24, 1928 to Mary and Michael Kutlik in Blue Island, IL the youngest of five children. Following his graduation from Blue Island Community High School, he went on to attend Western State College in Gunnison, CO and earned his B.S. from Carthage College when it was located in Carthage, IL. In 1950, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army and was part of a counter intelligence group until it was found that he had relatives behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia. He was then transferred to the 11th Engineering Group and served in Korea for 14 months.
Education was most important to Ken. A graduate degree from DePaul University enabled him to begin a teaching career at School District 148 in Dolton, IL. He served that district as a science teacher, elementary principal, and junior high principal before he obtained a second master’s degree in school psychology and an Ed.D. in special education. Ken went on to become Director of Special Education, and Assistant Superintendent. Following a brief time as Superintendent in Dist. 148, he retired in 1984 to continue a private practice as a School Psychologist, free-lancing in Chicago South Suburban area schools.
Kenneth met Roberta Bakke in School Dist. 148 when she was the Speech Therapist in that district. They married December 22, 1962 and had two children, Kevin (Barbara), of Homewood, IL and Julie Kutlik Maty (Steven) of Palos Heights, IL. They have been blessed with four grandchildren, Samantha, Adam, Brian and Eric. Ken is also survived by his niece, Joan Matuska Lonstine (Dennis), of Sister Bay, WI and a nephew, Ross Sowl (Judy) of Akron, OH. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Matuska, Mildred Sowl, and a young brother Emil, and sister, Julie.
Ken’s retirement and move to Sister Bay afforded him time to pursue a life-long hobby of gardening. He had hardly settled into their historic home, when he and Roberta joined the Master Gardeners in Sturgeon Bay. He loved the friendship of fellow gardeners and was so proud to have been chosen to be on the Ellison Bay and Sister Bay garden walks. Retirement also enabled him to bring out some hidden artistic talents with wood carving and watercolors which he enjoyed learning at many Clearing classes. Ken was a member of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir, Northern Door Kiwanis, the Sister Bay Historical Society and the Liberty Grove Historical Society. He served on the Board of Directors of Feed My People for a few years and especially enjoyed all the years he worked at the Seaquist Orchards Farm Market selling cherries, greeting customers, and handing out samples of those wonderful Door County apples.
A memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay, for friends and family on Friday September 6 at 11 am.
IN lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Ken's memory to Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church-Music Fund - P.O. Box 27 - Ellison Bay, WI 54210 or Sister Bay Historical Society - P.O. Box 34 - Sister Bay,WI 54234