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Roll of Honor

Age: 37
Year of Death: 2021

Kenneth M. Lemanski Jr.

Kenneth Lemanski Jr. was born at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan, to Cynthia and Kenneth Lemanski Sr. on March 13, 1984. At just a few weeks old, Ken moved to Sumter, South Carolina, where he spent the next 18 years of his life until joining the military. He was a proud United States Air Force Veteran with 16 years of honorable service.

Ken was dedicated to serving not only his country but also his community. He was a key volunteer for the Cascade Farmer Rancher City Volunteer Fire Department and an active volunteer EMT with the Cascade Country I-15 Quick Response Unit.

Ken’s family was his greatest joy in life. Ken was a devoted father and loving husband. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 15 years, Crystal Lemanski; children, Abigail (Abby) Lemanski and Theodore (Teddy) Lemanski. He loved spending his time with them more than anything. He loved coaching his kids in whatever sport or activity they were involved in, from being a Girl Scout dad to wrestling coach and everything in between!

Ken was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. Ken also enjoyed the simpler things in life. On summer nights he could be found sitting on his front porch with his wife, watching the kids play and country music on the radio. Ken enjoyed grilling. If he was at a BBQ, you were guaranteed to find him at the grill. He loved watching NASCAR and college football. GO CLEMSON!!

Ken will always be remembered for his love and support of his family and community. He left a lasting impact, not only in his community but with just about everyone he met.


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  1. Ken was a good Airman and was reliable. I served alongside him in Italy with several other great Americans. Rest in peace my friend.

    – Dan Maucieri
  2. Ken was such an honor man in everything he did! He volunteered in many different ways, he was always willing to give anyone a hand in whatever they needed. He loved his family so fully. He was one of the greatest fathers I’ve ever seen. He really loved having a family and gave them his all in whatever they chose to do from wrestling to Girl Scouts and everything in between. He was a friend to so many. He was hilarious and supportive. He traveled and served our country. He’s dearly missed.

    – Jessie
  3. Kenny was always a bright spot in my day. A lot of times when he needed to come to my side of the building that we worked in he would stop and talk for a while (which was nice because I was somewhat glued to my desk, so I didn’t really see people unless they came to my neck of the woods), and he would tell me funny stories and always made my day better while he was visiting. He was a wonderful human being and he is greatly missed.

    – Jill M
  4. I didn’t know ken for long but our daughters were friends and girlscouts. His smiling face will be missed very much. He was always so patient with the kiddos.

    – Salina Hunter
  5. We miss you every single day. I miss the excitement of hearing your tones drop and you heading out the door on the next call. Only a matter of time before Teddy will be doing the same as he follows in your footsteps. xoxo

    – Crystal
  6. In the short time I knew Ken he made such a wonderful impact on my life, his kindness and caring made him a very special person. I will always remember him in the best way. He is greatly missed by everyone !

    – Heidi Deshayes
  7. I miss you everyday big brother. I hope I’m making you proud, and keeping the tradition alive. I love being a firefighter just like you, proud to be following in your footsteps. Keep watching over us. Miss you Bubba. See you at the top floor.

    – Becky Lemanski
  8. I never met Kenny, but to see his picture and realize that little girl is not able to hug her daddy is ripping my heart out.

    – JASON