Kenneth Warren Sovey

Kenneth Warren Sovey

SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. — Kenneth Warren Sovey, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, after a courageous 10-year battle with Familial Interstitial Lung Disease, which included a double lung transplant seven years ago and recent open heart surgery.

Ken was 56 years old, born July 8, 1962, to Terry Ann and Kenneth J. Sovey of Spread Eagle and Lakeway, Texas.

His partner of the last 30 years was Neil Meshorer of Lakeway. Together they had a wonderful life built on love, laughter, trust and mutual respect. Ken fought the good fight with Jesus Christ, his family and an excellent medical team at his side to the very end.

In addition to his parents and Neil, he leaves behind brothers, Greg (Buck) and Brian, both of Lakeway.

Ken spent every summer in Spread Eagle, it definitely was his favorite place to be. He never complained and kept his wonderful sense of humor to the very end. Ken was always the life of the party and kept everyone entertained and laughing. His last words were “I feel surrounded by peace and love.”

Ken graduated from UCLA in Economics in 1986 and went on to receive his CPCU certification in insurance. He was employed by Farmers in Specialty Insurance Claims. He loved animals and had as great companions two rescue cats: Tigger and Rudolph, and a dog named Tipper. Ken also had a love for classic cars.

He will be sorely missed by his aunts and uncles: great-uncle Tony Amato, great-aunt Sonia (Bob) Marshall; Robert (Jean) Sovey, Bobbie (Joe) Caccamisi, Chuck (Cindy) Hjerpe, Sue (Ed) Langford and Steve (Karen) Hjerpe. Ken also leaves behind wonderful cousins of all ages.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clarence and Jane Sovey of Escanaba, Warren and Barbara Hjerpe of Spread Eagle and Bartlett, Tenn. Also, his two loving aunts, Marge Amato and Donna Henderson.

Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain.

A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Michael March from First Presbyterian Church will officiate the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association or Almost Home Animal Shelter: 5060 Lincoln Avenue, Quinnesec, MI 49876, in Ken’s memory.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Ken or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Ken’s legacy of life.