Kenneth L. Conn, 89, of Mullett Lake, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

He was born May 17, 1924, in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of Lee and Elizabeth (Little) Conn. On June 9, 1951, in Van Wert, Ken married Barbara “Bunny” Bernheisel, who preceded him in death in October of 2011.

After graduating from high school, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during WWII. He served with the Marine Detachment USS Rochambeau in the Asiatic-Pacific Area, as well as in Alaska and Maryland.


Ken worked as a mortgage banker and served as a vice president with the Equitable Life Assurance Company in Detroit, New York and Atlanta and retired in 1984 after 33 years of service. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Mullett Lake Country Club, where he was past president, the Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., and the Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Mich. He was also a 20-year member of the “Wolves,” a private men’s bridge club in Pinehurst, N.C.

Ken enjoyed reading and traveling the world with his wife, Bunny, for over 20 years, but most of all he will be remembered as a dedicated, giving and loving family man who was very well respected by all who knew him.

Survivors include his two children, Linda (Bob) Schindler of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Bill (Jane) Conn of Wilmington, N.C., and four grandchildren, Matthew (Dominique) Ahumada of New York City, Ruggy Ahumada of Phoenix, Ariz., and Caroline Conn and William “Wic” Conn, both of Chapel Hill, N.C. Besides his wife, Bunny, Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Purmort, and a brother, Max, in infancy.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home with his son-in-law, Rev. Bob Schindler, officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ken’s name may be directed to the Mullett Lake Preservation Society, the Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network or the Little Traverse Conservancy. Those wishing to share a memory of Ken are invited to do so at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.