Kenneth Shin

Kenneth Shin

October 27, 1967 - September 20, 2017

Kenneth Shin

October 27, 1967 - September 20, 2017


Ken Shin was born on October 27, 1967 in Buffalo New York, the second child and only son to Dr. Hyun Won and Okja Shin, who had immigrated to the United States from South Korea. Although Ken was born in Buffalo, New York, he grew up in Michigan spending most of his formative years in Saginaw.

After graduating from Douglas MacArthur High School (class of 1985), he attended University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he attended the engineering school (class of 1989), became a steadfast Wolverines football fan, and pledged the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.

Ken’s mechanical engineering degree was put to good use as he worked his entire career, almost 30 years, as an automotive design engineer for Chrysler. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 20, 2017 while on a work assignment near Chicago.

Ken had a lifelong passion for fishing, playing golf and skiing, watching Michigan football and the Detroit tigers, and reading Stephen King novels. Ken passed away a month short of his 50th Birthday and is survived by his Mother, his three sisters (Grace (Chris Baker), Christine and Linda (Danny Chai) and a boatload of heartbroken nieces (Hannah, Sarah and Claire Chung; Emma and Janie Baker; and Phoebe Chai) and nephews (Elliott and Oliver Chai), who are prematurely losing the best uncle imaginable.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family suggests donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( in honor of Ken Shin.

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9 responses to Kenneth Shin

  1. The Greene's says:

    Please accept my family’s heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and peace in the fond memories of them, and The Almighty God’s promise to restore those asleep in death, to perfect life on a paradise Earth, as written in The Bible for our comfort.

  2. I am sure that many of us will miss the “Ba-bim-bop that Ken made for us at Terry Gillay’s summer home. I also will miss our poker get-togethers and my Super Bowl parties with Ken and his coke bottle spittoon, and golf with Ken. He will be missed by all of his Jeep-Truck friends. Sorry for your loss,
    Love from all of Ken’s buds,
    Tom Reynolds

  3. Istvan Rozsa says:

    Lit a candle in memory of Kenneth Shin

  4. Ken was a year younger then me but on several occasions I gave him and a couple other of our friends rides to Mcdonalds at lunch we would cram into my tiny car he always said we looked like a clown car when everyone started unlaoding. he was always such fun to be around. My blessings and prayers go out to his family.

  5. Thank you for sharing your memories. He was certainly a very fun guy! Best, Linda

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