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Official Obituary of

Kenneth Ray Mangan

May 16, 1939 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Kenneth Mangan Obituary

Kenneth Ray Mangan, 84, of Auburn Hills MI was surrounded by his family when he was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on February 24, 2024.

Ken was born to James and Alma (Ray) Mangan in Detroit, MI on May 16, 1939. He graduated from South Lake High School in 1957 and joined the United States Navy where he served honorably aboard the USS Forrestal CVA-59. Ken was able to travel all over Europe and the Middle East during his time in the Navy and was always proud to talk about his ship and his service. After his discharge from the Navy, Ken met the love of his life, Lori Gowen, and they were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in East Detroit on September 25, 1965.

Ken enrolled at Wayne State University and took night classes to earn his accounting degree while he worked full time. His work ethic and dedication quickly set him apart. He worked at The Union Paper Company for over 20 years where he served as VP and Controller, and Hexon Corporation for almost 20 more years as its VP and CFO before he retired from there in 2004. During this time, he and Lori decided to also go into business together and in 1983, purchased the first of three Hallmark stores, which were named after his wife and daughters. They worked together running and operating these stores until 2004.

Ken was an avid bowler for almost 40 years, where his team nickname was “Shooter.” He loved to play golf and his favorite movie was Top Gun. He had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor that could sometimes catch you off guard.

Ken loved the Lord and he read his Bible every day. He and Lori made sure their daughters received a strong faith foundation by sending them to Lutheran schools and also by being a strong example of Christian values in their home.

Ken loved his family and was a loyal and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was a true man of character. His word was his bond and his handshake was as good as a signed contract. If he told you he would take care of something you never had to think twice about it because it was as good as done. If you called him in need there was no question he would be there right away no matter what time of day or night. Ken did not mince words or waste words; he believed in saying what you mean and meaning what you say. You always knew you were getting an honest answer about anything you asked. He had a quiet confidence and his belief in you made you believe in yourself.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Lori, daughters Kristi (James) Zaliwski and Kari (Ben) Weaver, and grandchildren Kendall and Kiran Zaliwski and Holden and Britton Weaver. He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Dritsan. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alma Mangan, his sister Marion (Roy) Senn, and his brother William Mangan.

Visitation will take place at Lee-Ellena Funeral Home at 46530 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb, 48044 on Friday, March 1 from 3-7 pm. The funeral will be held at St. John Lutheran Church at 1011 W. University Dr., Rochester 48307 on Saturday at 11 am. Burial to follow at Cadillac Memorial Gardens East.​​


In lieu of flowers donations to the Disabled Veterans Association in Ken's honor are requested.

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