Passing of Ken Carlisle

Kenneth (Ken) D. Carlisle, formerly of Lennon, passed away on November 7, 2021 at Mid-Michigan Health Care Center in Midland with family by his side. Age 91 years old. He was born on August 9, 1930 to Leona (Finley) and Harry Carlisle in Mansfield, Ohio. 

Ken married Betty Lou Lantz on August 3, 1951. They celebrated 70 years together this year. Betty preceded him in death by just two weeks. Ken retired from Sears after over 30 years of service as Credit Manager. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War. He enjoyed life on the farm and racing his horses across Michigan. Baseball was his favorite sport, having played for many years as a young man , and as a lifelong fan right through the end of this season. 

Surviving Ken are his children, Keith Carlisle (Swartz Creek), Kimberly and Rodney Friesen (Lansing) and their children, Caleb and Elisabeth; Kirk and Mary Carlisle (Midland) and their children, Jacob and Andrew (Nicole); Kerry and Larry Howard (Midland) and their children, Jessica, Addison, and Ian. Olive, Violet, Levi, and Paislee, his great-grandchildren also survive him. THree sisters survive him: Bonnie Herman, Charlotte Mullins-Heinz, and Joyce Wallen.

Preceding him in death are his granddaughter, Aimee Howard; brothers, Harry Carlisle, Jack Williams, William Williams, Walter Boley, Jr., and David Boley; sisters, Mildred Harding, Roberta Sellers, Peg Carpenter, and Shirley Gearen. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Mid-Michigan HealtH Care, especially the Neurotrauma ICU for the compassionate care that was given during his final days. Thank you also, to Brookdale of Midland for their loving care and for making Brookdale his “home”. 

A service will be held for Ken and Betty at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Michigan Health Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

Arrangements by Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek, MI 48473. Tributes may be shared at 

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