Kenneth R. Ballowe, 71
Oct. 25, 1946 — Nov. 14, 2017
Memorial Mass for Kenneth Robert Ballowe, 71, of Grafton, formerly of Arlington Heights, Ill., will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 120 N. Ela St., Barrington, Ill. 60010. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 10 a.m. Father Michael Sparough, S.J. will officiate. Interment will be private.
Ken was born in Chicago to the late Casimira Ballowe (Mordell) and Kenneth F. Ballowe on Oct. 25, 1946. He passed away peacefully after a brief illness, with his wife Linda by his side on Nov. 14, 2017, in Mequon, Wis.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Linda Ballowe (Nestelberger), much-loved step-sons, Charles T. Sakowicz (Aubrey) and Andrew C. Sakowicz (Laura); cherished granddaughter, Cheyenne Sakowicz; dear brother Terry Ballowe; special brother-in-law Thomas Nestelberger (Kimbr-Lee); and many treasured nieces and nephews and friends.
He attended Holy Innocents Catholic grade school in Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago in 1964. He served our country in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1966.
Ken had a very long and successful career in the automotive aftermarket, first working as a manufacturers’ sales representative, calling on major national accounts, and later as sales agency principal and owner in Chicago. In both entities he won numerous sales awards from the manufacturers he represented. He insisted on himself, as well as the people who worked for him, to be thoroughly knowledgeable on each product line, well-prepared and on time for every sales call. That was his own trademark and key to his many successes for the factories he represented.
Desiring new and bigger challenges, Ken joined an
automotive and industrial lighting manufacturer, CEC Industries Ltd. of
Lincolnshire, Ill., and became Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He
immediately formed a prominent network of sales professionals and inside
support personnel that enabled sales to increase during his 15 years
with the company. He retired in 2014.