Kenneth Raymond Radant died Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at age 80.
Ken was born January 1, 1936 in Owosso, Michigan, son of Raymond and Josephine Radant. He married Marjorie Radant on June 15, 1957.
Ken was President of Barry Broadcasting Co. and General Manager of radio stations WBCH AM & FM in Hastings. His radio career started in 1953 when he began, while a senior in high school, as a weekend disc jockey at WOAP in Owosso, a job he continued during college at Alma and transferring to Michigan State University where he graduated in 1958. Radant moved to Hastings in 1958 and accepted an air and news position at WBCH. He was elevated to the position of Manager of WBCH in 1960. He and his wife later bought the station. He served on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and was a long time member of the International Broadcaster’s Idea Bank. Ken, with WBCH, started the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hastings.
In 1968 Ken was elected to the Barry County Board of Commissioners and was re-elected for seven consecutive two-year terms, serving as Chairman for three terms before retiring from the Board. He was promptly appointed by Gov. Milliken and reappointed by Gov. Blanchard as the state appointee to the Barry County Social Services Board. He also served on that body for 14 years. A community activist, Radant served on many local committees and organizations, including President of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors of that organization for nearly 45 years. While a county commissioner, Ken was instrumental in establishing Barry County Transit and has served on the transit board since its inception.
Ken was a faithful and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church since moving to Hastings in 1958 and served many years as a lay reader, treasurer. vestry member, and on Diocesan committees.
Ken is survived by his wife Marjorie, son Steven (Sue) Radant, daughter Joellyn (Kevin) Schipper, granddaughters Stephany (Kevin) Houseman, Jillian Altoft, Jenna (Scott) Corcoran, and Sara Radant, grandson Philip Schipper, and great-grandaughter Hannah Houseman.
He was preceeded in death by daughter Karen (Tim) Altoft and grandson Colin Altoft.
Funeral service for Kenneth Radant will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings at 11am Saturday, September 24th. Visitation with the family will preceed the service at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel memorial fund.