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Kenneth Earl Mader

May 7, 1948 — April 11, 2024

We honor and celebrate the Inspiring Life of KENNETH EARL MADER.

Kenneth Earl Mader, born on May 7, 1948, unexpectedly passed away on April 11, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 75. Affectionately known as “Radar,” he was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he graduated from Shrine High School and as a proud Michigan resident, you could always count on him to place his bets on any team that wasn’t Detroit.

He honorably served his country as a Navy Seabee during the Vietnam War. After his military service, he settled in Berkley, Michigan and dedicated 32 years of his career to Chrysler before retiring. As a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 1669, Acorn Post, in Royal Oak, MI, Ken remained committed to service. Known for his spirited nature, he stirred up quite a commotion at the VFW in his younger years, but with age, he came to enjoy a good "passionate debate" whenever someone challenged his opinion. His presence at "the V" was a staple, and he relished the camaraderie of his extended "family" there.

Ken, who took fashion cues from no one, was always looking for the next big project, often starting a new one before finishing the last. His favorite project was just outside of Las Vegas, where he was in the process of building his dream container home on his land. His excitement for this house was lost on no one. He was forever collecting antiques and unique items to display there.

When he wasn't in Michigan or Vegas, he could be found driving cross-country on America's highways to visit family and friends. He’d have coffee in one hand, and a tattered atlas in the other, each stop for gas expertly marked with a highlighter that closely matched many of his shirts. His travels also took him across oceans to hug his daughter, roast his son-in-law, and spoil his grandkids. He never missed a wedding, birth, or any event that promised spam or ice cream. These visits and always showing up for his family became one of his most endearing qualities. His family cherished their time with him and he made friends wherever he went.

Ken celebrated 43 years of sobriety, a remarkable achievement reflecting his immense strength and resilience. His journey has been an inspiration to many, demonstrating that with commitment and the right support, change is always possible.

He was the son of James and Theresa Mader, who preceded him in death. He leaves behind a legacy in his daughter Becky (Phillip) Wisniewski, his grandchildren Jacqui (Kawika) Cavanh, Matt (Nicole) Howard, Cadence Wisniewski, and Chase Wisniewski, as well as his great-grandchildren, Lorelai Cavanh, Pomaika'i Cavanh, and Lakelynn Howard.

Ken was a devoted brother to James (Joyce) Mader, Tacy (Jim) Uelmen, Jay (Jackie) Mader, and the late Jeff Mader. A dedicated uncle to niece Sara Uelmen, nephews JT Uelmen, Adam Mader, the late Andrew (Jessica) Mader, and a loving great-uncle to Angela Mader, Addison Mader and Anthony Mader.


A memorial with military honors for Ken will be held at 11 a.m. on July 10, 2024, at Bacon Park in Berkley, Michigan, for all who would like to honor him. Following the memorial, lunch will be served at V.F.W. Post 1669 in Royal Oak, MI, at 12:15 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, or a veteran program of your choice. Your generosity in supporting these causes, which were close to Ken’s heart, would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally, please feel free to sign the digital guest book below to leave a loving message or positive memory of Kenneth with the family.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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