Kenneth E. Justen, Jr., 63, of Elyria, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at University Hospital in Cleveland, following a long illness. Ken was born in Elyria on November 20, 1949 and lived in Elyria all of his life.
He was a graduate of Elyria High School in 1968 and served with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam Era, where he was the crew chief on the Chinook Helicopter, “Booney Bus”. He was an auto technician at Tuffy Muffler in Elyria for 20 years and a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 12 and the VFW Post 1079. Ken enjoyed boating, fishing, especially at Kelley’s Island and he loved to work on cars.
He is survived by three daughters, Jodi Justen of North Ridgeville, Michele Justen of Elyria, and Angela (Brett) Tilberg of North Ridgeville; one son, Kenneth E. (Rebecca) Justen III of Grafton; five grandchildren; his mother, Norene Justen (nee Scott) of Elyria; three brothers, Thomas of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Dan of Stow, Ohio and Peter of Middleburg, Virginia; and one sister, Bettie Ann Phillips of Williamsburg, Virginia; several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth E. Justen, Sr.; one grandson, Connor Denger; and a nephew, Jason Justen.
Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. The American Legion will have a memorial service at 7 P.M. Closing prayers will be in the funeral home Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. followed by Mass at 10 A.M. at St. Agnes Church, 611 Lake Avenue, Elyria, with the Reverend Father Albert Veigas, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Ridgehill Memorial Park, Amherst. Full military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 1079, Elyria.
Donations if desired may be made to the Wounded Warrior’s Project.