Kenneth Michael Poczynek - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Kenneth Michael Poczynek

April 17, 1959 - January 5, 2024

Kenneth Michael Poczynek, known to loved ones and friends as Ken, of Elkton, MD, sadly passed away on Friday, January 5, 2024, at the age of 64.

Born in Wilmington, DE on April 17, 1959, he was the son of the late Michael V. and Joyce (Leathem) Poczynek. A valedictorian graduate of William Penn High School, Ken went on to become a blue hen at the University of Delaware and achieve a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. Ken would continue to support and raise his family in Pittsburgh, working as a mechanical engineer for Westinghouse/Bechtel, retiring in 2017. Ken then moved to Elkton, MD in 2019, where he worked part time in nearby bowling alleys Elk and Pleasant Hill lanes, just as he grew up doing.

Ken was known for his joyful personality and active lifestyle, with some of his favorite hobbies including bowling, softball, and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his six grandsons and his loving wife at the beach. Ken was involved in numerous leagues over the years, cherishing any opportunities to participate in his hobbies with his family and friends.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Diana Rita (Balbach) Poczynek; children, Melanie Ward, Jake Poczynek (Amy), and Monica Poczynek (Nick); sister, Patti McDonald; and grandsons, Aaron, Matthew, Austin, Rhys, Michael, and Ace.

A private service will be held for family members, and a celebration of life party will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and shared memories, the family asks that donations be made to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses.


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11 Condolences for Kenneth Michael Poczynek

  • Patti I’m sorry to hear about your brother! Lmk if I can do anything to help you! God bless!!

  • My deepest condolences to Ken’s wife and family. Had the pleasure of working with Ken over many years. A great engineer and an even better person and friend. Praying for you Ken to rest in peace in God’s glory and praying God gives your family and friends the strength to accept His plan which is sometimes very difficult to understand.

  • Dear Diana Poczynek,
    Melanie, Jake, Monica and ALL of KENS LOVES
    I am so so SORRY to hear of this news. There truly are no words. Sending You All the Biggest HUGS.
    I have the fondest memories of Ken and all of you when you were little.

  • Kenny was a great guy and had a great personality. I bowled in a league with him and he was always smiling. Funny also. R.I.P. brother! Thoughts and prayers for his family 🙏🙏

  • Hey I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Ken and I had a good time we bowled on a league Tuesday nights in elkton. Plus I see him when I bowled Wednesday night at pleasant hill.

  • Patti and family, I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Your in my prayers and thoughts

    Joyce schnatterer

  • So sorry for your loss. Kenny was a neighbor and friend, when we were boys. We spent many days playing baseball, which we loved. Him a Philly fan, me Orioles fan. Many arguments, over who was better. Many fond memories of him. Rest in peace Ken. ⚾️ 🙏

  • Condolences to Family and friends of Kenny. Kenny was my next door neighbor when we were boys, and he was like a brother to me . We went bowling , played baseball, rode our bikes, built forts in the woods behind our houses, went fishing, and even went to the first NASCAR race in 1969 at Dover Downs. We had so many good times as kids. So many fond memories. Rest In Peace Kenneth Michael Poczynek.

  • My condolences to Ken’s family. I went to school with Patti & Ken.
    Patti: Sorry to hear about Kenny. I remember your brother as a avid bowler!!
    May he rest in peace.

  • My heart goes out to the families!
    Kenny was my next door neighbor growing up. We had great times together in the neighborhood. We would all get together and play baseball in his and Patti’s yard. Swim in there pool and go bowling at times on the weekends. So many great memories were made in our neighborhood in Kenny’s yard.
    As life moved on , many times while going through Pittsburgh I would think of Kenny and Diane not knowing where they lived. Ken was a great friend to us all and his memories will last in our minds forever. Thanks buddy for the great ride that we all had together. 🙏🎳⚾️🏈

  • Dear Diana and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I was honored to have met and worked with Ken at Elk Lanes. Ken was an exceptional person and had a heart of gold. I will cherish all the conversations and advice he gave me along with everyone else he worked with. We truly have lost a great person.