Sheldon “Kip” Charles Ahola, age 81, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 23, 2020 at his home.
Kip was born February 19, 1939, in Amasa, MI, the son of Neil and Helia (Karasti) Ahola and Step-Mother Sally. Kip graduated from Negaunee High School Class of 1957. He then went on to attend Michigan Tech University.
Kip was united in marriage to Beverly D’Ambrosio in1960. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage this past July. Kip held various jobs over the years. From City of Escanaba Engineering Department, Northern Michigan Engineering & Surveyors, Rust Engineering, to Coleman Engineering.
In 1972, Kip and Beverly relocated to Gladstone where Kip took on employment with the F.J. Sillar Construction as a Project Engineer for Addition & Improvements to Sewage Treatment Plant. In 1975, he purchased Wnuck Concrete which later became renamed Ahola & Son Concrete, better known as A&S Concrete. Kip owned and operated until 2007.
In 1988, Kip purchased the property of the former MacGillis & Gibbs Co. He developed “Gladstone Landing.” The first condominiums in the Upper Michigan. He was instrumental in the development of McDonalds and the gas station, which became the anchor of the property and future development of a hotel, Subway, USDA building, and Northwoods commercial center.
Kip also served on the Gladstone City Commision (Mayor Pro Tem), Chairman Central Division United States Ski Association, a member of All Saints Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Kip especially enjoyed his Grandchildren. He loved attending all their sporting events and supporting them in their hobbies. Kip was an avid reader, a musician, and enjoyed his retirement winter years in Sun City West, AZ. Kip also possessed artistic ability. He enjoyed painting, drawing, and woodworking. He was proud of his current project, “Cross of the Last Supper.”
In addition to his loving Wife, Beverly, he is survived by:
2 Sons: Terry (Ann) Ahola of Gladstone, MI.
Tracy (Kim) Ahola of Egg Harbor, WI
2 Daughters: Shari Hahn of Gladstone, MI
Denise (Steve Flath) Hughes of Gladstone, MI
Grandchildren: Niklas Ahola, Hans Ahola, Alexander Ahola, Andrew Ahola, Hillary (Ryan Jacques) Ahola, Chelsea Byerly, Charles Byerly, Charles Hughes, and Vincent Hughes.
Sister: Sheila (Phil) Cormier.
Brother-in-law: Phil (Jean) D’Ambrosio
And several Nieces and Nephews.
In addition to his Parents, Kip was preceded in death by:
Brother: Allen (Gloria) Ahola.
Son In Law: Steve Hahn of Jackson, WY.
Private visitation will be held. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 12:30 PM at All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. Burial will follow at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to an organization of your choice. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Ahola family.