Kenneth Korpi

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ken Korpi passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Billings. He had lived for 17 years in Glendive. He taught psychology classes and oversaw the Chemical Dependency Program at Dawson Community College.

Ken was born on April 7, 1947 in New Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Of course he grew up playing hockey. In the 1980s he participated in a lottery that allowed him to relocate to the U.S. He took a job as a counselor for the White Sulphur Springs school system. In 1991 he officially became a U.S. citizen.

During his time in Glendive he enjoyed working with his students at DCC and took on the task of rescuing many stray cats. He was an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Green Bay Packer football team, Ken loved music, especially classic rock and folk music from the 1960s, and even played the guitar. He followed Gordon Lightfoot’s music career and bragged that he attended Lightfoot’s career from its beginning in Toronto.

He retired from Dawson Community College in 2015 and moved to Billings.

His parents, Michael and Helen preceded him in death.

He is survived by his brother, Michael and wife Sandy; niece, Cathy; nephew, Michael; an assortment of cousins; and his beloved cats, Socks and Ying Yang.

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