Born On: September 29, 1933

Passed On: April 15, 2019

Kenneth C. Tenhopen

Kenneth Charles Tenhopen, age 85, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019. He was born in Grand Rapids on September 29, 1933 to Clarence and Mildred Tenhopen. Ken is survived by his children, Bryan (Tina) Tenhopen of Fruitport, Sean Tenhopen of Cheboygan, MI, Chad Tenhopen of Cheboygan, MI and Brett Tenhopen of Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Valerie (Daniel) DeVoogd of Grand Rapids, Joann and Denise; brother, Gary Tenhopen of Grand Rapids; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Alan Tenhopen; by his parents; by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Ken had worked as a machinist at Oliver Company of Grand Rapids some years ago. He was a Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion Boxer.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at VFW Post 5598, 511 68th Ave., N. Coopersville, MI.

Arrangements by Shoreline Memorial Services of Muskegon

Celebration of Life Gathering Information


VFW Post 5598
511 68th Ave., N. Coopersville, MI
Coopersville, Michigan 49404

Date: Saturday, May 04, 2019
Time: 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

7 thoughts on “Kenneth C. Tenhopen

  1. Jessica Hicks

    Shortly after I meet you. You started calling me your daughter. Dad you never let race come between us. You have seen me through my good times & horrbile times. You never gave up on me or anybody else. Thank You! You have always said “I want people to learn from my mistakes. Not go down the same wrong paths I did”! Dad, I promise you I will never give up. No matter how hard things get in life. I miss you alot but I know you are not suffering. I know you are enjoying yourself in Heaven. Enjoy your time with the Family. Let my big brother Alan, Mommy Teri, & Uncle Clare know. I haven’t forgot about them. We love you Daddy. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!

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  2. Bryan Tenhopen Jr

    You lived with me almost my whole childhood and I never would have wanted it any other way. We grew into each other and had a bond that I will never forget. I love you soo much grandpa there is not a day goes by that I’m not thinking about you. I really missed you at my moms house yesterday but knowing your not in anymore pain or trying to remember something you wanted to say anymore and are up in heaven with your brother Clare, and your mom and happy makes it a little easier. I love you ❤️ RIP

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  3. Dawn blair

    We had many fun times. Drinking beer, sharing stories, helping me out of many situations. I always felt loved and understood! Thank you for the great memories. May you rest in peace. Keep the beer cold uncle Kenny we still have more times to share..I will miss you until then 💙

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  4. James R. McEwen

    Ken was the most out going man he would give u the shirt off his baxk and not blink twice. Ive never net a better man

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  5. Rhonda and Jerry Randle

    What a great guy. When he lived in NC loved hearing his stories. He was very kind to us when my father in law Ed stayed with us for a brief period. Ken spent time with him trading war stories which was priceless as Ed didn’t have any if his cronies nearby. I know he was extra special to his grandsons. No doubt will be missed. May he now rest in peace having lived a long and productive life!

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  6. Tina Tenhopen

    There will be a void in each day where you once stood.. You will be missed by so many as you have touched so many lives in your 85 year journey here on earth. I pray you rest in peace and enjoy the reunion you are having with uncle Clare and Alan as well as your mom, dad, brothers, and sister. Thank you for allowing me to be your daughter. You will never be forgotten. ❤

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