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Kirk Schabbel

February 7, 1942 — June 9, 2023


SCHABBEL, Kirk Lyn "Kip" - age 81 of Fenton, died June 9, 2023. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Kip was born February 7, 1942, in Flint, the son of Alfred and Doreen (McFadden) Schabbel. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from General Motors as a tool and die maker. Kip was an avid golfer and a voracious reader. When he was younger, he was a ski instructor in Aspen Colorado and was a backup for the US Olympic Ski Team. Kip loved people and socializing at the Rough Draft and the Barn in Fenton. Surviving are: two daughters, Heidi (Tom) Kovarik of Linden and Erica (Adam) Shoemaker of Fenton; grandchildren, Hunter Ludwig (fiancé, Ken Overall), Haley Ludwig, Rylee Morse and Tyler Morse; great-grandson, Colt Overall; sister, Karen (Terry) Gizzi; nieces and nephews; and many friends from the Rough Draft and the Barn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Doreen Schabbel. Arrangements by Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton, MI 48430. Tributes may be shared at

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