Klaassen, Kenneth W. Portage Age 78, passed away Sunday morning, December 11, 2022. Ken was born in Kalamazoo, on October 24, 1944, the son of Gerard and Maria (Frey) Klaassen. He was a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo. Ken proudly served his nation in the United States Army Reserves. Ken was a Public Safety officer for the City of Kalamazoo and was in the first class to cross train when the police and fire departments joined forces in the city. He was an avid collector of military memorabilia. In his retirement he worked for On Target Guns and Gun Smithing as a salesperson. Ken is survived by a brother, Gerard Klaassen of Kalamazoo; and his former wife and best friend, Debra Vorick of Mattawan; and many other friends. No services are being planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be given to Kalamazoo Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 98, in c/o the funeral home.