Kenneth "Ken" Lauren Kensington age 76, of Hastings, peacefully passed away on September 17, 2016 at home with his loving family by his side.
He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Kensington, mother, Sonja Williams, step-father, Walter Piwko and brother Larry Kensington.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Kensington, sons Kenneth (Amy) Kensington, David Kensington, Laurie Sunior, Jennifer (Dave) Joppie, Jonathan (Trisha) Kensington, 13 grandchildren, sister Camille (Ron) Earle, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He will be lovingly missed by all.
Ken was born on February 12, 1940 in Mount Clemens, MI and was the first son of Theodore and Sonja Kensington. He attended Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore, MI, graduating in 1958. Ken then attended Lawrence Institute of Technology and worked as an Engineer Associate at Chris Craft Corporation in Algonac, MI. On January 14, 1961 Ken married Carol Ann Ames of Algonac, MI and raised three sons and two daughters in their 55 years of marriage.
In 1964 Ken and family moved to Hastings, MI where he was founder and CEO of VIATEC, Inc. from 1964 to 2004. Ken also attended and graduated Harvard Business School, OPM Program. During this period he served on profit and non-profit advisory boards for Gill Industries, S.C.O.R.E., Catholic Family Services, K-Industries Inc., and D.R. Bulkley Co. Ken owned and operated K-ADVISOR LLC.
Ken was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, he was passionate about his faith, work and family. He enjoyed fly-fishing, traveling around the world and spending many hours planting and pruning his trees with his kids and grandkids; in addition to many spring Canadian fishing trips with his best friend, Mike Huver and his sons.
There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11:00 am with lunch following in the church hall. Ken will be laid to rest at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Columbarium in Hastings, MI.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to the St. Rose Catholic School.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home. Visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net to sign the online guestbook or to leave a message for the family.