Steny's to host celebration of life to honor beloved Special Olympics coach

Posted at 1:20 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 14:20:26-04

MILWAUKEE — Steny's is hosting a Celebration of Life Sunday, July 26, for "Big Ken," a beloved Special Olympics coach who died earlier this week.

Ken Kuemmerlein died from complications of COVID-19 earlier this week at the age of 50.

Sunday's event will be held outside in Steny's parking lot from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friends are invited to look at pictures of Ken throughout his life and share stories with his family. Friends are also asked to bring pictures or collages to Steny's by midnight Saturday if they'd like to contribute.

There will also be a microphone available for people to speak about Ken impacted their life in a positive way, read a poem or just let everyone know how you feel about Ken.

You will be able to get a special beer, #BeLikeKen, brewed by MKE Brewing. Steny's is making custom-made Ken shirts and masks to sell with proceeds going to Ken's hospital bills, funeral bills and Special Olympics.

In addition to working at Steny's, Kuemmerlein was a well-known Special Olympics coach for many years, where his positive attitude brought joy to many competitors.

Masks are required at the event and everyone will be social distancing.

For those unable to attend, Steny's also says it will be setting up a Venmo account for anyone looking to donate.

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