It is with great sadness in our hearts, to announce the passing of Kenneth Keith Kvittum. Ken passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at a Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. Ken had been fighting cancer for 41 months.
Ken was born in Great Lake, Illinois, on April 23, 1948. He lived most of his life in Newburgh, attending Newburgh Free academy and graduated from there. He met and fell in love with Patricia Wood who would become his lifelong partner. He came out to Libby, Montana 30 + years ago, from Newburgh, New York falling in love with the beauty of the area and the wildlife. It did take him time to adjust to the slower pace of Montana after living in New York. New people that he met along the way from other places, he always told them, "Don't get into a rush, just take it slow. You'll adjust. Also, make sure you’re in by dark otherwise you become part of the food chain." Ken loved to joke with people and always tried to keep it light and enjoyable. He enjoyed meeting new people and sharing his stories and experiences of his life.
He had many hats through the years mostly in New York. He worked for West Point as a steam fitter, owned a construction company, a body shop, a grocery store, a couple of bars, and some rental cabins, at different times in his life. Then he moved to Libby owning and operating Vicks Mobile Home Park for more than 30 years.
He liked seeing people happy and if there was something he could do to help out someone in need he would do his best. He made many friends and business friends through the years, here in Montana and New York. He is preceded in death by His mother Elizabeth Earhart, and multiple brothers and sisters.
Ken is survived by his lifelong partner, Patricia Wood; son David DePuy; a niece and nephew Aleyah and David DePuy, Jr; his sidekick and small companion (dog) Abbey Lee; his many friends here and in New York.
Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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