Dwayne Gary Kivekas

June 10, 1954 ~ July 16, 2018 (age 64)

Dwayne G. Kivekas of Dorr, Mi., passed away unexpectedly July 16, 2018. He was born in Escanaba, June 10, 1954 and graduated from Rock High School in 1972.

Dwayne worked at the Co-Op garage and K&K Mfg. Co. for several years. He then moved to Grand Rapids in the late 70’s, where he met Traci Stark and married on Sept. 16, 1989. They have resided in Dorr for over 20 years. Dwayne attended ITT Technical Institute and worked for Smith Industries and Sears before owning his own business, Paragon Painting. After 20 years, he retired.

He continued to enjoy activities he always loved. Dwayne and his wife were avid golfers and loved to bowl. Everyone said if it wasn’t raining, they were golfing. Other things he loved to do were spending time with his daughter, Brooke, her friend, Mike VanHill and his grandsons Gavin and Ethan. He also enjoyed gardening, making cabinets and cupboards, boating, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Dwayne is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 28 years, Traci; parents, Marvin and Delores Kivekas; daughter, Brooke; grandsons, Gavin and Ethan; sisters, Dianne (Dennis) Hettinger and Julie (Loren) Whipple and their children, Michelle (Chris) Lennon, Kristen (Tom) Owens and Nathan Whipple; mother-and-father-in-law, Gordon Stark and Mary Nesbitt and Arlene and Gordon Newell; brother-in-law, Steven (Jacqueline) Stark and many extended family members.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his son, Ian, in 1998 and both sets of his grandparents.

Visitation will be held from 5-8PM on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home – Dorr Chapel, 4330 18th Ave., Dorr, MI 49323. Funeral Services will be held at 1PM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home – Dorr Chapel with visitation one-hour prior. Due to road construction, guests are asked to approach the funeral home going northbound on 18th Avenue. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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