ASHLAND, Wis. — Ken “Teach” Sackett, 85, of Southgate Village, Hurley, and recently Mellen Manor in Mellen, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.
Ken had come full circle, having grown up in Hurley on Second Avenue, and after many years in Beloit, moved back to the Northwoods in 2004. He was a corporal medic in the Korean War, stationed in Japan at an Army hospital where he became fluent in Japanese. Post war, he attended Superior State College where he received his teaching degree in 1958, followed later by a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He taught and coached at Ericcson in Superior, then moved his family down to Beloit where he taught and coached at Robinson Elementary School for almost three decades. His teams won numerous city championships throughout his tenure.
Ken was an educator, mentor and coach most of his adult life. He touched the lives of so many kids who still ask about him today! He will be deeply missed by family, friends and former students.
He married the former Kathy Soine on Aug. 6, 1955, in Cloquet, Minn. She preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 2001.
Surviving are his children, Stacy (Ricky) Moore, Montreal, Scott (Teresa) Sackett, Appleton, and Todd (Jacky) Sackett, Arden, N.C .; grandchildren, Meghan Sackett, Menasha, Mallory Sackett, Appleton, and Mykola Sackett and Zachary Sackett, both of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; stepgrandchildren, Chad (Katrina) Moore, Gilbert, Ariz ., and Matt Moore, Sparks, Nev .; stepgreat-grandchildren, Joshua and Jackson Moore, Gilbert; and a brother-in-law, Kim Soine, Beloit.
Out of respect for Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 22, at 11 a.m ., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m ., at the First Presbyterian Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Don Nickolson officiating.
A flag presentation ceremony will be accorded by representatives of the combined Hurley American Legion Post 58 and Iron County VFW Post 1580 Honor Guard.
Luncheon will follow at the Iron Nugget in downtown Hurley.
Graveside committal and interment will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Floral Lawns in South Beloit, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Wisconsin Chapter, 2900 Curry Lane, Suite A, Green Bay WI 54311.
Ken’s obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to his family at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, Mich.