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Pastor Kenneth “Ken” John Bremer, age 66, was resurrected to new life on Friday, April 3, 2020, in Grand Rapids, MI after fighting a six year battle with prostate cancer.

Ken was born on September 10, 1953, in Hastings, MI, to Tom and Lois (Ruiter) Bremer.  He was raised in Middleville, MI and graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School in 1971.  Ken trained to be an electrician and worked in the skilled trades division of GM.  When he was called to a second career as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, he moved his family to Wilmore, KY to attend Asbury College and Theological Seminary.  Upon returning to Michigan, he faithfully served congregations in Holton, St. Johns, and Rockford.

Ken will be remembered for his love of the Lord, his fondness for the outdoors, and his investment in the lives of his family and those he served.

Ken will be sadly missed by his wife of 46 years, Vicky (Idema) Bremer, their three children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  His son, Bill (Dawn) Bremer and their children, Max Bremer, Cameron Bremer, Alex (Lindsay) Kronemeyer and children Jackson and Lincoln, Nick Kronemeyer and Trent Kronemeyer.  His daughter, Christina (Paul) Salscheider and their children, Ellie Salscheider and Bethany Salscheider.  His son, Nick (Stephanie) Bremer and their children, Kyle Bremer, Abby Bremer, and Kenzy Hogan.  Ken is survived by his mother, Lois Bremer, his parents-in-law, Warren and Lee Idema, and their children and families: Mike (Janette) Bremer, Dave (Colleen) Bremer, Sue (Dave) Enders, Francy (Dann) Tobin, Tom (Brenda) Bremer, John (Kellie) Bremer, Steve (Jean) Idema, Thom (Ann) Idema, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Bremer and a nephew.

Celebration of Life service to be held for Ken Bremer on Friday, July 17 at 6:30pm at the Rockford United Methodist Church (159 Maple St NE, Rockford, MI 49341). Visitation to be held prior to the service from 2:00-5:00pm. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required inside the building and the service will be limited to close family and friends (100 participants maximum). The service will be live-streamed at and will be available for two weeks.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken’s name to Mobility Worldwide, 3365 John F Donnelly Dr. Holland, MI 49424.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ken’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Rev. George Lewis on April 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Ken was a great inspiration to me and my family during our Kentucky years. We stood on the sidelines for many Jessamine County soccer games. Ken has blessed many lives with his faithfulness to God, church and family. Please let me know when a service is planned.

  2. Janet Langler on April 6, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to you all.
    Earl and Janet Langler
    Twin Lake UMC and Holton UMC

  3. Sandy Young on April 6, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Vicky, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of Ken. Sending hugs and prayers your way. Ken was a wonderful, warm, caring servant of God. I learned so much from him, not the least of which was his love and compassion for people. Our sympathies are with you and your family. Love always, Clieve and Sandy Young

  4. Diana Hoffman on April 6, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Vicky and family what a blessing Pastor Ken was to our church.So very sorry for your loss. So pleased he touched our paths.

  5. Diane Beattie on April 6, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Ken was a beloved pastor for my mom at Holton UMC, she thought so highly of him and Vicky as church leaders and as neighbors. I’m sorry for his family, but rejoice in his faith and his eternal life with our savior. Diane Beattie daughter of Eloda

  6. Carleen Rob Heim on April 7, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Sending our love to you Vicky and your family at this time of your loss. Ken has touched so many with such amazing Christian spirit he was gifted with. Ken had it all. He was a loving Pastor and Husband to you and a Dad and Grandpa also your best friend . Vicky I have only be able to see Ken a few times since we live in different states but the few times we got together he had this amazing spirit in him that touched me so. From my family to your’s we are sending our Deepest sympathy and Prayers for you& your family . Hug’s, love you! your cousin Carleen & Rob & Family

  7. Cathy Shick on April 7, 2020 at 8:09 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. Pastor Ken was my mother’s pastor at Holton and his ministry was such a blessing. Prayers of comfort for all of you.

  8. Dean Truax on April 7, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Ken is still and always will be part of our loving family. Always loved, always remembered, and always treasured. Never good bye, always see you later.

  9. Cathy K Moore on April 10, 2020 at 10:33 am

    It was Pastor Ken that walked me thru membership at Holton United Methodist Church, leaving a special memory in my walk. My sincere sympathy to Vicki & family. God Bless you thru this walk with Jesus.

  10. Roger Blain on April 10, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    So sorry to hear of Lens passing. But joyful to read of his time in the ministry. Played football next to Ken in my junior year and wrestled with him for 3 years. Had not kept up with him and was glad to here he became a pastor. Prayers for peace for you Vicky and your family.

  11. Tom and Bonnie Burghdoff on April 11, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Our prayers are with you and your family. Ken was allways one of the first to welcome us to any family function we were invited to. He had a warm smile and a big hug!!! Rest assured Vicki, he will be waiting at heavens gate to welcome us all when it’s our time!
    Tom and Bonnie Burghdoff

  12. Martin Joch on May 17, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Pastor Ken was my “second father”. Not only cause I was being an exchange student in USA, Hilton, Michigan. Ken treated me always as an adult. I was 17-18, so I had to question everyone, everywhere. But not with Ken. He knew we in Europe do not have automatic transmission cars, so we pulled out his old Buick Skylark and let me drove its manual. Even though I couldnt drive in US. He took time to teach me american football I saw for the first time in my life, as well as baseball. I wanted to get on high school baseball team, it meant a lot to me. I was not very good at it, did not get on the team. Ken went to talk to the coach, explained that this would mean a lot to a foreigner…. and I finally got on the team. That year Holton won one game after 3 years loosing all games in seasons.
    This was something exceptional for me and will stay in my heart for ever.
    Exactly as Ken, pastor who you would think would be boring, but not him, he was lots of fun with!
    Ken was to me very special, he shaped my life in that age of 17 and 18.
    Ken, you will stay in my life for ever, I am more than thankful to have the opportunity to know you.
    Thank you !

  13. Ben & Linda Lester on July 6, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We are praying for you and your family. We had some great times in Wilmore getting to know you and Ken and the kids.

  14. Mel and Deb Wilcox on July 17, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Always felt Jesus’s love through you and Vicki. Until we meet again
    Deb and Mel

  15. Dave & Sue Devowe on July 17, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    What a blessing to have Pastor Ken & Vicky serve at Holton UMC. There were many tears when he was called to transfer to another church. He was such a warm and caring person, who genuinely cared about you! Will always remember the ground breaking for our new church, with the congregation pulling the rope attached to the plow. The sermon on the roof and Miracle Sunday, with a line of cars transferring to our new church home. The fun at, “Ham it Up” nights…Sonny & Cher and the others; and working with him on DeColores weekends.
    Viewed the live-stream… beautiful memorial service. Prayers for you, Vicky and family.
    Love, Dave & Sue

  16. Judy Johnson on July 17, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Rest in peace dear man for your life and example will inspire so many others to follow the Lord.
    My prayers for Vicky and your family.

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