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Life Story / Obituary
Kenny (Ken) Ray Lovely, passed away suddenly at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 4th, 2022, at the age of 59.
Ken was born in Long Beach, California on August 13th, 1962 to Betty Lou Gilbert and Allen Ray Lovely. He moved from Long Beach to Michigan with his parents, settling in the Flint area at a young age up until his late teen years when moved to the western Michigan area. Once in the western Michigan area, he began to work various jobs. Most recently, Ken was employed at Keurig/Dr. Pepper in Holland.
Ken enjoyed being outdoors, some of his best stories coming from his hunting, fishing, skydiving adventures, and working on large towers as a window cleaner. He loved to share the different experiences with friends and families. His love for the outdoors was reflected with his wardrobe and use of camouflage. Ken was one that was a “jack of all trades,” being able to do things that many would consider to be hard. Ken was never one to turn down a bit of a challenge.
Ken enjoyed the company of his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and close friends. He was immensely proud of all his children and grandchildren in whatever they did, no matter how big or small. Any quality time that he was able to spend with family and friends was very precious to Ken, especially things like spending time and hunting, fishing, or just hanging out with them.
Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou; father, Allen Ray; brothers, Terry and Scott; and sister-in-law, Ola. He is survived by beautiful wife, Jill; sister, Cindy (Ray); brother, Roy; daughters, Amy and Cari; step-children, Ben (Sarah), Nathan (Lauren), Ross (Lindsey), and Molly (Colin); a very close friend to Ken, Dick; seven grandchildren that meant a lot; many nieces and nephews as well. He will be missed by his beloved pets; Missy, Spunky, and Zena.
A funeral service will take place on Saturday, January 8 at 1:00pm with a one-hour of visitation prior at noon, at Dykstra Funeral Home - Mulder Chapel, 188 W 32nd Street in Holland.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either Harbor Humane Society or the American Heart Association.