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Kenneth Latzer
  • Passed away on December 30, 2021

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The world is now a sadder place since the passing of Kenn Latzer on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Cornerstone Hospice with his devoted wife, Jacquie, by his side.

Anyone who met Kenn knew that he was a unique individual. With the enduring twinkle in his eye, quick sense of humor and concern for others, his engaging manner touched lives consistently throughout his life and right through to the very end.

Kenn was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota where he graduated from St. Paul Central in 1961. Married in 1966, Kenn and his former wife (Ellen) moved to Los Angeles and had two children. His sons often recall when Kenn dropped them off at school, that his code for be careful crossing the street was “Hit it!”

It was in Los Angeles that Kenn started his industrial filtration company, Process Efficiency Products (PEP) with partner George Kelp. Ever the innovator, Kenn created a new niche market for industrial water filtration systems and grew PEP filters into an internationally recognized brand, which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world, a passion that remained throughout his life.

Kenn was a mentor to many. While still in his twenties, he led a chapter of AZA, a Jewish organization for teen age boys. A number of those boys, now grown men, stayed in contact with him throughout. During his life Kenn continued to be a mentor. As an entrepreneur, salesman and consultant, he had the ability to see and nurture the potential in others. Again, many of those from his sales and entrepreneurial days still reach out to him.

In 1994 he married his second wife, Jacquie, and moved his business to North Carolina. Eventually Kenn sold the business which still exists today. Then, in 2013, he and Jacquie moved to The Villages, FL.

Another persona that Kenn maintained since his boys were in nursery school and continued into adulthood in CA, NC and in The Villages was that of Santa. He was a natural with the twinkle in his eye, rosy cheeks, beard, belly  and engaging manner he charmed children and adults alike, be it with children on his lap, Santa on the fire truck, or making house calls with gifts for children and grandchildren.

While in The Villages Kenn enjoyed playing cribbage, facilitating the Friendly Friday Cribbage group. He was active in the Financial Markets & Investment Group and was founder of the Simply Safe Dividend Group. Kenn enjoyed the arts frequenting the Jazz Lovers and Opera Clubs, as well a number of movie clubs and greatly enjoyed his friends.

Kenn, the eldest of four siblings, was the son of Elaine and Sam Latzer. He outlived both his parents as well as his siblings, Jef (Connie), Susie and Maury.

He leaves behind his beloved and loving wife, Jacquie Latzer, his children Tony and Josh Latzer (Amy), stepdaughter Jenna Feig (Scott); his grandchildren Kayla and Caroline Latzer, and Allison, Madelyn and Eliza Feig.

Kenn often used humor to connect with and uplift those with whom he came in contact. He promised Jacquie to always keep her laughing and he did that up until this chapter of his life ended and his soul was released to begin the next. Honey, you will see I was right – there is a next chapter!

You are already missed. You are a hard act to follow.


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  1. Barbara says:
    25 Jan 2022
    When my husband died five years ago, I was overwhelmed by the thought of taking over management of our life savings. At the suggestion of a friend, I went to an Investment Club meeting. The first person I met was Kenn. He was so kind and understanding. He made some helpful suggestions as to where I could get help, and he was always willing to answer my questions as I went on my journey, first towards understanding and then to confidence in my decisions. I will forever be grateful to him for helping me in my time of need and will cherish his memory forever. Kenn was an incredible person, and I was honored to be his friend. My heart goes out to Jacquie and the whole family. You have my deepest, deepest sympathy.

  2. Barb Filipiak lit a candle:
    24 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 24, 2022 at 1:02:44 PM

  3. Peg Tabor lit a candle:
    22 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 22, 2022 at 1:23:17 PM

  4. Liz Schweers says:
    22 Jan 2022
    Although I knew Jacquie better than I knew Kenn, I could see how happy Kenn made her. That alone makes Kenn a great man in my book. The times I spent in their presence I was always made to feel loved and included. They both have a special gift of making others feel welcome. I am blessed to have know Kenn if only for a short while.

  5. Liz Schweers lit a candle:
    22 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 22, 2022 at 1:28:42 PM

  6. Lois Gaillard says:
    21 Jan 2022
    The minute I met Kenn and Jacquie I knew I had made life-long friends. I'll always hold memories of our many good times together....eating delicious meals, sharing fun trips and most significantly laughing. But most of all to me are the warm hugs we shared. Kenn was a terrific hugger! I'll carry these in my heart forever.

  7. Judy Reed lit a candle:
    18 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 18, 2022 at 1:57:59 AM

  8. Elaine Hook lit a candle:
    17 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 17, 2022 at 1:57:15 PM

  9. Elaine Hook says:
    17 Jan 2022
    Ken was a very special man. He wil be missed by all

  10. ALAN INGBER says:
    17 Jan 2022
    I HAVE KNOWN KENNY FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS. MY SON STILL REMEMBERS HOW MUCH FUN EVERYBODY HAD WHEN KENNY AND I ANNOUNCED THE LITTLE LEAGUE GAMES. KENNY, I WILL MISS THE JOKES THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SENDING ME.

  11. Bill MacMinn says:
    17 Jan 2022
    Kenn was a special person. So much can be said of him... kind, caring, smart, self made,a personality that lit up the room,etc,etc. The world was so much better off with him in it. I remember him being so happy when he told me of the last employee, who had moved from CA with him to set up PEP in NC, bought his first home. He had promised all those that moved with him he would make sure they all bought homes. All of them had his help to make it happen. IN many ways he was a model for others.

  12. Linda and Sherwin Schnoll says:
    16 Jan 2022
    Kenn had a twinkle in his eyes displaying warmth for everyone he befriended. He had the ability to make a person feel important,
    relevant and special. Kenn's investment knowledge, fun filled times spent together and humor will be greatly missed.
    We will carry his memory in our hearts forever.

  13. Carol Reid lit a candle:
    15 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 15, 2022 at 1:38:25 PM

  14. Bob Anderson says:
    15 Jan 2022
    I first met Kenn at the investment club meeting. He had a way of getting folks to share their wisdom and knowledge. He was always funny was a great leader. He will be missed.

  15. John Lannon says:
    15 Jan 2022
    Ken was one of the first people I met as a new comer to The Villages.
    He was always smiling and helpful to any new comers and especially me.
    May heaven greet him with a wardrobe of Hawaiian shirts.
    He was a wonderful person.
    Prayers and best wishes to all of his family.

    John Lannon

  16. Donn Dears says:
    15 Jan 2022
    Kenn was a great friend who went out of his way to help me in many ways. He will be remembered by everyone as a wonderful person.

  17. Pat McCarthy lit a candle:
    15 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 15, 2022 at 1:50:39 AM

  18. Pat McCarthy lit a candle:
    15 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 15, 2022 at 1:49:56 AM

  19. Dotty sasmor lit a candle:
    14 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 14, 2022 at 1:52:00 PM

  20. Stan Galperin says:
    14 Jan 2022
    I have only known Kenn for the past 8 years, during that time he became a very good friend of mine. He always smiled, had a positive attitude, enjoyed life, was an organizer of people and was a leader. With his sales background that carried over to the clubs he belonged to in The Villages we knew that the customer came first. He had health issues during this time, he never complained about them and never held him back to accomplish things that were important to him and others.

    With tears he will be forever missed,
    Stan Galperin

  21. Linda & Stan Carpenter says:
    14 Jan 2022
    Rest in peace, Kenn. You are already missed.

  22. Lisa & John Beavers says:
    14 Jan 2022
    Dear Kenn you will be missed!

    "To consider that after the death of the body the spirit perishes, is like imagining that a bird in a cage will be destroyed if the cage is broken, though the bird has nothing to fear from the destruction of the cage. Our body is like the cage, and the spirit is like the bird...if the cage becomes broken, the bird will continue and exist. Its feelings will be even more powerful, its perceptions greater, and its happiness increased..."-From the Baha'i Writings

    You have traveled the world in this world and now are on the Ultimate Journey into the next. Many prayers being said on your behalf and for your family,

    Lisa & John Beavers

  23. Arlene Stein says:
    14 Jan 2022
    Kenn was a dear friend to both of us. He was always smiling and kept us laughing. He had a fabulous personality and was loved by all. He will be missed!
    Arlene and Bruce

  24. Arlene Stein lit a candle:
    14 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 14, 2022 at 1:27:17 PM

  25. Susan Gold posted an image:
    14 Jan 2022
    This is simple yet profound and epitomizes how I feel about Kenn. He treated others with dignity, respect and always humor. I will always remember him and Jacquie arriving at our house in their golf cart filled with towels when our washing machine overflowed - 3 times!!! And he was always smiling!!!
    This is simple yet profound and epitomizes how I feel about Kenn. He treated others with dignity, respect and always humor. I will always remember him and Jacquie arriving at our house in their golf cart filled with towels when our washing machine overflowed - 3 times!!! And he was always smiling!!!

  26. Tim & Marlene Diefenderfer lit a candle:
    14 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 14, 2022 at 1:14:08 AM

  27. Tim & Marlene Diefenderfer says:
    14 Jan 2022
    Ken was a great neighbor and a beloved friend that will be dearly missed.

  28. Richard Apt says:
    14 Jan 2022
    My dear friend of almost 50 years you will be sorely missed. Even though we were separated geographically our friendship persisted.
    Love you ,
    Richard Apt

  29. JON-PIERRE "JP" FUEGER says:
    14 Jan 2022
    A great friend. The FMIG and SSD Groups were fortunate to have you as an organizer and leader. You will be missed by all.

  30. Susan Gold lit a candle:
    14 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 14, 2022 at 1:58:00 AM

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