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Kenneth George Karlinchak

April 6, 1966 — August 22, 2023


Kenneth George Karlinchak, lovingly known as Ken to family and friends, passed away on August 22, 2023. He fought a courageous battle with lung cancer, displaying immense strength and determination until the very end. Born on April 6, 1966, in Erie, PA to the late George and Arlene Karlinchak. Ken leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories.

Ken was a man of many passions and interests. He found immense joy in spending time with his family, particularly his beloved son Jackson. Weekends filled with quality father-son bonding were among his most treasured moments. Whether they were exploring the great outdoors or simply enjoying each other's company at home, their bond was truly special.

A man of artistic talents, Ken pursued his passion for creativity during his studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. It was there that he honed his skills as a swimmer and earned himself a dual Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. This education not only equipped him with the knowledge necessary for a successful career but also allowed him to express himself artistically throughout his life.

Known for his kind nature and compassionate spirit, Ken touched the lives of all those he encountered. His sense of humor brought joy to those around him, leaving smiles on faces wherever he went. His presence was like a breath of fresh air in any room—a genuine soul who made everyone feel welcome and loved.

Outside of work and family life, Ken cultivated various hobbies that brought him immense satisfaction. As a gun enthusiast, he relished attending gun shows alongside his son Jackson. The shared interest deepened their bond and provided countless unforgettable experiences together. In addition to firearms, Ken had an affinity for comic books and anything related to James Bond. His adventures through the captivating world of spies and superheroes fueled his imagination. Furthermore, Ken loved traveling to the beach—an escape from everyday life where he could bask in the tranquility of the ocean.

Ken's loving spirit and infectious laughter will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his devoted wife Krystal Karlinchak, their son Jackson Karlinchak, his sister Lori Lesniewski (Mike Lesniewski), brother Rick Karlinchak, aunt Stephanie Elynich, aunt Joan Lang, David Wilcox (father-in-law) and many cherished cousins and extended family.

A visitation will be held on August 31, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, 16901 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm at the same location. The memorial service will be livestreamed and may be watched below or by clicking LIVESTREAM.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your local no-kill animal shelter.

As we mourn the loss of Ken's physical presence in our lives, let us celebrate the remarkable man he was—a loving husband, an adoring father, a beloved brother, a talented artist, and a friend to many. May his memory live on in our hearts forever.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

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