Kenneth R Viele Sr., age 88, of West Haven passed away peacefully on March 6, 2021. For 52 years, he was the loving husband of the late Rosalie Vanacore Viele. Ken was born in New Haven, son of the late John and Ethel Richards Viele. He is survived by his devoted sons, Kenneth Viele Jr. (RET BFD) and his wife Christine of Naugatuck, Stephan Viele (DET WHPD) and his wife Robin of Northford and Eric Viele and his wife Michele of Watertown. He was known as “Poppy” by his adoring grandchildren, Sarah, Gianna, Brittany, Marina, Samantha and Ethan Viele, Connor, Nate and Gavin Garbrecht. Ken is survived by his sisters Joan Francis of FL and Dorothy Gilbert of VT. Ken was predeceased by his siblings Beatrice Lequin, John and William Viele.
Ken was a proud US Army Veteran, having served during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he was the owner/operator of Acuwind Electric, providing sales and service of electric motors and generators. Ken was a talented woodworker, creating many beautiful and interesting pieces including gifts for his grandchildren and even a stunning grandfather clock. Clever and resourceful since childhood, Ken could seemingly build or fix anything and proudly passed this talent along to his three sons. He greatly enjoyed the sport of archery and was a Master Bowman with the Milford Bow Hunters Club for many years. Boating, kayaking with his wife Rosalie and trips to the beach with his grandchildren were among his loves. Ken and Rosalie looked forward to spending winters at their condominium in Delray Beach, Florida, enjoying the sunshine and activities with their snowbird friends. Ken was known as a selfless, modest and humble man, always willing to lend a hand or tell a silly joke. His devotion to his family was unmatched, and in business he was well-liked and respected by his customers. His gentle smile and easy-going demeanor will be missed, while the sound of him humming a happy tune will forever remain in the memories of friends and family.
Due to Covid 19, all funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LiveWell at www.livewell.org/donate or The Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org. West Haven Funeral Home at the Green in care of arrangements.
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