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Kenneth Noble Sanborn

November 14, 1926 November 20, 2018
Kenneth Noble Sanborn
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Obituary for Kenneth Noble Sanborn

The honorable Judge Kenneth Noble Sanborn of Macomb Township went to be with the Lord the week following his 92nd birthday. A lifelong Michigan resident, he died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on November 20th, 2018. He left behind his wife Lois of 71 years, their four children, eleven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was born on November 14th, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Mackenzie High School and regularly attended his class reunions. At age 17, he went to a going away party for his cousin where he met the love of his life, Lois Liedel. They married in 1947 and settled in Clinton Twp. They later moved to Mt. Clemens where they raised their children.

Kenneth Sanborn entered the U.S. Air Force in 1944 and proudly served his country during WWII. After studying pre-law at Michigan State University, Kenneth graduated from University of Detroit Law School (1949). As an attorney, he was noted for his stalwart contributions defending friend and fellow Air Force lieutenant (Selfridge Air Force Base) Milo Radulovich in the 1953 groundbreaking “Red Scare” civil rights case. The case, which gained national attention, was the first winning legal battle to overturn public opinion on McCarthyism. These events later inspired the book “To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch-Hunt” by Michael Ranville and is also mentioned in George Clooney’s film “Good Night and Good Luck”. Judge Sanborn’s pro bono work on the case is commemorated by a plaque at Michigan State Law College.

Judge Sanborn served as the Clinton Twp. Justice of Peace from 1951-1956, then was elected as Macomb County’s State Representative in the Michigan House from 1957-1958. He served as the Clinton Twp. Supervisor (1959-1961), then was elected as a trustee and Chairman of the Board at Macomb Community College where he served until 1968. He served as both a probate judge and was elected as circuit judge for Michigan’s 16th Circuit Court, retiring in 1990. Loyal to his district, he often returned as a visiting judge.

Judge Sanborn was active in many local community associations and clubs where his strong presence will be missed. He attended St. Isidore Church with his wife and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Clemens. He was also a member of the Selfridge Base Community Council, the Macomb County Bar Association, the Irish-American Bar Association, and the Masonic High Twelve.

The Judge loved to fly and kept up his hobby of piloting after serving in the Air Force. He and his wife shared a love for world traveling, but they especially enjoyed their vacation homes in attended Hubbard Lake, Michigan and Sarasota, Florida. Judge Sanborn was also a voracious reader and spent much of his time educating his family on genealogy during weekly meals. He continued to remain active with his Monday luncheons and Friday breakfasts with the lifetime of friends he made. Judge Sanborn’s life was marked with generosity, wit, and pride in Macomb County. He prioritized his family and served his community with devotion. He lived with a rare and courageous strength, tempered with a love for laughter and a softness for his grandchildren.

Judge Sanborn’s beloved family knew him as “Papa”. He is survived by his wife Lois; his children Christine (Tony) Cucchiara, Janice (Gary) Simmers, Mark Sanborn, and former Senator Alan (Lori) Sanborn; his grandchildren Kenneth Cucchiara, James Cucchiara, Michael (Angel) Sanborn, Elizabeth (Michael) McKenna, Adam (Lauren) Sanborn, Joshua (Meghan) Sanborn, Katherine Simmers, Marirose (Garett) Smith, Shellbe (Steven) Wieczorek, Bryan Sanborn, and Jacqueline Simmers. He is predeceased by his parents, James Noble Sanborn and Mary Irene (French), his brother Wesley Earl Sanborn, and his three babies, Diane, John, and Mary Elizabeth Sanborn.

Visitation will be held at Lee-Ellena Funeral Home, 46530 Romeo Plank, S. of 21 Mile in Macomb, on November 24 from 4-8pm with a 7pm Masonic Memorial service, and November 25 from 2-8pm. Funeral Mass at St. Isidore’s Church to be held Monday, November 26 at 10am, 9:30am instate, procession to Clinton Grove Cemetery to follow for committal prayers and military honors.

In Loving Memory of Kenneth Noble Sanborn
“Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles. I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because, will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand, in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.”
- Fill Not Your Heart by Joey Beighley


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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

24

Nov

4:00 PM 11/24/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/24/2018 8:00:00 PM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home

46530 Romeo Plank
Macomb, MI 48044

Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Macomb 48044 MI
United States

Visitation

Sunday

25

Nov

2:00 PM 11/25/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/25/2018 8:00:00 PM
Lee-Ellena Funeral Home

46530 Romeo Plank
Macomb, MI 48044

Lee-Ellena Funeral Home
46530 Romeo Plank Macomb 48044 MI
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

26

Nov

10:00 AM 11/26/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Isidore Catholic Church

18201 23 Mile Rd
Macomb, MI 48042

9:30 AM instate or gathering time.

St. Isidore Catholic Church
18201 23 Mile Rd Macomb 48042 MI
United States

Burial

Monday

26

Nov

11:30 AM 11/26/2018 11:30:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
Clinton Grove Cemetery

21189 Cass Avenue
Clinton Township, MI 48036

Procession to the cemetery where military honors and committal prayers will take place.

Clinton Grove Cemetery
21189 Cass Avenue Clinton Township 48036 MI
United States
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