December 7, 1945 - August 13, 2017
Born in Fort Wayne, IN
Resided in Tampa, FL
He was born on December 7, 1945, in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Torrence “Tony” and Irene (Kramer) Cheshier.
Ken graduated high school in 1963 from Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne, IN. He continued his education at Saint Francis College with a Bachelor’s degree of Arts Education in 1967 and a Master’s degree in Arts of Education in 1970.
He spent 34 years in public education which began with his first two years in Fort Wayne before he came to Lakeland School Corporation in LaGrange to become the band/music director. He found his home, spending the next 32 years at Lakeland School Corporation, spanning from Lima-Brighton Elementary, Wolcott Mills Elementary, Lakeland Junior High School and Assistant band director at Lakeland High School until retiring in 2001. “Mr. C” always had a love for music and a passion for teaching students. He was able to touch many lives of students, friends and colleagues.
Ken was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club, and was active with the Lakeland Band Boosters club during his tenure as a teacher. He was also an IHSAA baseball umpire for over two decades officiating hundreds of ballgames, and ran the scoreboard and time clock for basketball and football games at Lakeland. After retirement, in 2004, he moved to Tampa, FL where he became an avid Tampa Bay Lightning fan, holding season tickets for the last 8 years. During the hockey off-season, he enjoyed watching Tampa Bay Rays baseball and spending time with his two beagles Jasper and Daisy.
On December 27, 1968, he married Mary Rodino at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish in Elkhart, IN. She preceded Ken in death on February 24, 1992.
Surviving Ken are his three sons; Mark (Kelly) Cheshier of Fort Wayne, IN, James (Jean) Cheshier of Tampa, FL, Jay (Maggie) Cheshier of Kendallville, IN, a granddaughter, Maria Cheshier, a sister, Mary Ann (Dr. Thomas) Wiegand of Angola, IN, a half-sister, Frances Holladay of Green Valley, AZ and a cousin, who was like a brother to Ken, John (Suzanne) Korte of Tampa, FL.
A viewing will be held at the Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan St., LaGrange, on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 2pm to 8pm.
A funeral mass will be held at 10am on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish, 1108 South Main St., Elkhart, IN 46516.
Burial will take place following the mass at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Elkhart, IN, where he will be laid to rest next to his one and only love, Mary.
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LaGrange, IN US 46761
Elkhart, IN usa 46516
Elkhart, USA 46516