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Ken Assink

June 1, 2020
Holland, MI


Drive thru visitation

Sunday, June 7, 2020
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
JR Automation
13365 Tyler Street
Holland, MI 49424


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North Holland Reformed Church
12050 New Holland St
Holland, MI 49424
(616) 399-1578
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Life Story / Obituary


Ken Assink, 73 of Holland, peacefully passed away June 1, 2020 in Grand Rapids with family by his side.

“I’m blessed to be a blessing!” Those were words you’d often hear Ken and Jean sharing. Ken lived these words out as he blessed and blessed and blessed.

Born to Frank and Ella Assink in 1946, Ken developed a strong work ethic early on while growing up on his parents’ poultry and strawberry farm. After graduating from West Ottawa in 1964, Ken went on to further his education at a 2-year tech school. It was then, where his passion for math, tool making, and an inner drive to make a difference in God’s world, lead Ken to start JR Automation in 1980.

Ken was a committed entrepreneur, having built JR Automation from a small tool & die shop in his barn into an automation company that would help define the world of industrial automation. Ken was a keen businessman, an invaluable mentor, and a true friend to many. His passion for creating a family-like atmosphere within the company was clear. Many who worked for Ken recall that he and his wife Jean showed personal concern and care for team members.

Outside of his business, Ken was actively involved in various youth camps in the area, providing his innovative vision and leadership. He was a long-time member of North Holland Reformed Church where he served in various capacities including elder and deacon. Ken’s God was first in his life, and his actions demonstrated this.

Ken was a deeply loved husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren, especially, provided tremendous pride and joy for grandpa. Whether on a hunt out west with his grandson or scrapping every summer “out back” with two of his treasures, Ken was incredibly proud of these moments with the grandkids. They allowed him to enjoy his passions while also being with some of his favorite people!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Ella Assink; granddaughter, Ellerie Bos; brother, Carl Assink; sister-in-law, Bonnie Dykema, and brother-in-law, Melv Walcott.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Jean; daughters, Jill (Tim) Karsten, Rita (Mark) Bos; grandchildren, Abby Karsten, Emily (Lucas) Mosher, Parker Bos, Annika Bos, Madison Bos; sister, Esther (Ken) Lemmen; sister-in-laws, Bonnie Assink, Ev Walcott; brother-in-laws, Bill (Diane) Berghorst, Ken Dykema along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A drive thru visitation will take place on Sunday, June 7 from 2-4pm at JR Automation (13365 Tyler Street, Holland). A private family graveside service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to North Holland Reformed Church.