Kenneth C. Thelen, age 69, passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2014. He was born in Portland, MI, on March 19, 1945, the son of Alvin and Loretta (Smith) Thelen. Ken married Barbara Ward in St. Johns on April 3, 1971 and she survives him.
Also surviving are their children, Pam (Patrick) Stump, Ken (Jaime) Thelen, Becky (Jack) Miller, son-in-law, Chris Tipps, grandchildren, Kendra, Taylor and Kyle Stump, Kenny Thelen, Damien and Holly Miller, Hailey, Emma and Breeann Tipps, five brothers, Alan (Sandy), Chuck, Leon (Grace), Dale (Barb) and Dan, three sisters, Mary Ann (Mike) Schneider, Linda (Bob) Hoppes, Sharon Droste and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Loretta, daughter, Kerri Thelen Tipps and granddaughters, Jacklynn and Carly Miller.
Ken’s sense of humor kept a smile on the face of all who knew him. His colorful phrases and quick wit will be remembered and allow his spirit to remain close in the hearts of those who loved him. Ken worked as a mason all his life but he wasn’t just a bricklayer, he was a true artist. His talents and physical presence will be missed greatly.
Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. Dennis Howard officiating, burial to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Goerge Chapel of Osgood Funeral Homes in Fowler on Sunday from 7-9 p.m., with a rosary at 8 p.m., and on Monday, 2-4 p.m., with a rosary at 3 p.m., and 7-9 p.m., with a vigil service at 8 p.m. Donations may be made in memory of Ken to the Dallas Twp. Fire Dept. The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.