Kenneth R. Kiess of Wyckoff, NJ, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on September 30, 2016, following an extended illness. He was 52. Born in Manhasset, NY, he attended Manhasset High School where he was voted cutest. Ken was a graduate of Adelphi University, a member of the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, the Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, NJ and the Glen Rock JC’s. Ken’s financial career centered on investment research and quantitative analysis through his firms, Abel Noser, Valley Forge, and Q Prime. Most recently he served as a financial advisor with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in Glen Rock. While a resident of Glen Rock, he was instrumental in bringing the sport of lacrosse to elementary and middle school students, serving as both a coach and league organizer. Ken’s great loves were his family and lacrosse.
In recent years, he developed highly successful events, raising money and awareness for the prevention and treatment of colon cancer. He and his sense of humor will be dearly missed by all who loved him. Ken was the loving husband of Julie A. Zier and the father of KJ, Jack, Maggie and Timmy. In addition to his wife and children, Ken is survived by his parents, Klaus and Nancy, a twin brother, Kurt, his wife Nina and children, Kimberly, Nicole and Ryan, as well as a brother, Mark, all of Manhasset, NY.
Family and friends may visit on Sunday, October 2, 2016 from 2-5 p.m. at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, (http://vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff. The funeral mass will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Catharine’s Church, 905 S. Maple Ave., Glen Rock, NJ. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ken’s memory may be sent to the Colon Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont AVE., NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC, 20005