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Kenneth L.. "Ken" Florence

April 10, 1942 ~ July 18, 2019 (age 77)

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Kenneth L. "Ken" Florence, 77, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.   
He was born on April 10, 1942 to Ellsworth and Helen (Partee) Florence in Defiance. Ken was a 1960 graduate of Defiance High School. On October 11, 1961  he married Bernice (Sauber) Florence, who resides in Defiance. 

Ken was a faithful member of Bethel Church. He worked at Dinner Bell Foods in Defiance for over 28 years, and at Sauder's Woodworking  in Archbold for 17 years until his retirement. He enjoyed cruise-ins, antiquing, and auctions.
Kenneth will be sadly missed by his wife, Bernice Florence of Defiance, daughter, Beth (Doug) Bachman of Defiance, sons, Anthony (Roisin) Florence of Atlanta, Georgia, and Andrew (Rosie) Florence of  Mission, Texas. He was a proud grandfather to six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind three brothers, Don Florence of Bryan, Robert (Betty) Florence of Defiance, and Roger (Fran) Florence of Defiance, and two sisters, Mary (Arnold) Mandrick of Hillsdale, MI, and Rita (Paul) Karnes of Defiance. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Lavon Florence and Larry Florence, and sisters, Norma Miller, Dolores Robarge, Jean Wiseman, and Janet Fischer.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Bethel Church in Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the church, with Pastor Tim Hacker officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverview Memory Gardens.

Schaffer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
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July 22, 2019

2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bethel Church

Funeral Service
July 23, 2019

11:00 AM
Bethel Church

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