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Kenneth Paul Kiesner

April 6, 1945 — March 6, 2024

Kenn died on March 6, 2024, after several days in the ICU at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington. Kenn died from complications of congestive heart failure, which he had struggled with for the last few years.

Kenn was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on April 6, 1945. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam. Kenn loved learning and had a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education. He was an educator with the Green Bay Public Schools, influencing young lives for over 30 years. Kenn was a proud Democrat and a stockholder in the Green Bay Packers.

Friends and family always described Kenn as the friendliest guy they knew, talking to everyone he ran into and getting to know the details of their lives. Kenn was deeply rooted in Wisconsin, yet he jumped into Bellingham life when it became home 20 years ago, never missing a book talk, lecture, or new restaurant. Kenn was a consummate conservationist and an enthusiastic hunter and fisher. He had lists of lakes he wanted to fish someday.

Kenn was preceded in death by his parents, James Kiesner and Evelyn Kiesner Petreshock (Steve) of Manitowoc.

Kenn is loved and missed by his wife of 46 years, Pamela Nyberg Kiesner, and their beloved Australian labradoodle, Tulip Matilda. He is also survived by his wonderful children, Nicole Kiesner (Dave Seiler), Jason Kiesner (Vicky), Scott Reno, Hilary Fisher (Aaron), and Max Kiesner (Carolyn). Kenn was proud of his 11 grandchildren, Mason (Wednesday), Quinlyn, Justine (Skyler), Ashley, Samantha (Randal), Hunter, Samuel, Sadie, Benjamin, Linnea, and Anneli. He loved his great-grandchild, Paeden, with another arriving soon. He is also missed by his sister, Linda Koch, and brother, Bill Kiesner (Judy), and by numerous hunting and fishing buddies.

No service is planned, per Kenn’s request. There will be summer celebrations of Kenn in Wisconsin and Bellingham, details to be determined.

For memorials, Kenn supported Conservation Northwest, Washington Trails Association, Whatcom Family YMCA, First Congregational Church of Bellingham, and Bellingham Public Library.

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