A service with full military honors is scheduled for Kenneth Ziwicki at 1:15 pm on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Family and friends please meet in Assembly Area 5 at 1:00pm. Enter Fort Snelling National Cemetery at the second gate, marked Funeral Cortege. Turn left when you reach Assembly Area 5 and proceed to the end of the block to park. A Cemetery Representative will meet you at the Assembly Area at 1:00pm and will lead your vehicle procession to the Committal Shelter for the service.
Kenneth Allen (Kenny) Ziwicki, 60, passed away on March 1, 2018 at Middlesex Health Care Center in Middletown, Connecticut, after a short, but hard fought, battle with cancer. He was born on August 26, 1957 in Little Falls, Minnesota to Peter and Theresa (Pekarek) Ziwicki.
Kenny grew up in rural central Minnesota and attended Foley Elementary and Foley High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 1979 and served for 3 years as a Military Policeman stationed in Germany. Kenny traveled a lot while in the Army and said of all the places he went, his favorite place was Germany. He especially loved the food and Octoberfest. He was discharged in 1982.
After the military, he traveled and worked various jobs and eventually moved to Connecticut. He began work for East Coast Auto Salvage in Higganum as a parts dismantler. In 1995, he began working at Portland Winair, a HVAC wholesale company in Middletown, as warehouse and operations manager. He worked there until cancer made it impossible to continue. He enjoyed his work there and made many lifelong friends.
He loved fishing on Long Island Sound, grilling, playing cards, playing Wii bowling, shooting pool, working around his house and spending time with friends who all say his neighborhood pig roasts were legendary and something they all looked forward to.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers and his grandparents John and Mary (Gapinski) Ziwicki and Frank and Rose (Skaja) Pekarek.
Kenny is survived by his girlfriend Ann Bagdikian and son Tyler Young of Middletown, Connecticut; his brothers and sisters Maryann Ziwicki of Foley, Minnesota, Darold Ziwicki of Pepin, Wisconsin, Cynthia (James) Miller of Charlotte, North Carolina, Linda (Mark) Miller of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Karen (Thomas) Beaver, Bruce (Cindy) Ziwicki, Patrick (Colette) Ziwicki, and Leonard (Ann) Ziwicki, all of Foley, Minnesota, along with his nieces and nephews, grand- niece and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.