Kenneth James Praprotnik, age 47, of St. Louis, MO climbed the Stairway to Heaven on August 15, 2019. His love for music and bicycling were evident in almost any conversation, but what he loved most was family. He could always be counted on to keep family and friends connected and updated on each others’ lives with his regular phone calls. He was genuinely proud to share in the excitement of our lives.

He is survived and will be deeply missed by his father James, sister Cheryl (Brent), brothers Mark (Breanna and nephew, Cooper) and Michael (Angie), aunts, uncles, cousins, loved ones, and friends.  Kenneth is preceded by his mother Marlene.

A private family prayer service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 1pm at New St Marcus Cemetery mausoleum chapel, which will be his final resting place.

A public Memorial Celebration in honor of Ken will be on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Kirkwood Community Center from 11am-3pm.   Kirkwood Park Community Center Room 300 111 S. Geyer Road Kirkwood, MO 63122

 

“Oh, the world turns around

The world and the world, yeah

The world drags me down…

…[But] the sparkle in your eyes

Keeps me alive, keeps me alive” (“She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult)

 

Ken didn’t have an easy life, but he handled it with as much grace and dignity as he could with the help and support of all his loved ones.  Please help keep Ken’s memory alive by sharing stories and pictures you have of Ken with the family at kenpraprotnik@icloud.com. Always remember in the spirit of Ken, despite the lows in life, keep that sparkle in your eye, knowing you’re deeply loved!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to https://www.independencecenter.org or

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Research