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. Clint Wood says:

    Ken – you made high school so much better. Always enjoyed your trademark “Shin Digs” as well as the times we had skiing and enjoying life. Rest In Peace my friend.

  2. Michael Park says:

    I just heard of Ken’s passing from my dad. I am SO SORRY! Big hugs to Mrs. Shin, Grace, Christine, and Linda. We haven’t seen each other in years but I can remember our family get togethers as if they were yesterday. Please know that the Park Family grieves and prays with you. God Bless Ken. God Bless you all.
    Michael Park

  3. Alan Aloe says:

    Ken, a lot of good memories at JTE, fishing, playing cards and just swapping stories and catching up with one another. I’ll miss your smile and friendship.

    To your family and friends, I am very sorry for your loss.

    Godspeed Ken.

    Al Aloe

  4. Patti Torres says:

    I’m just barely finding out about Ken.passing….My condolences to the entire Shin family..hugs & prayers ???

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