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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.

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


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  1. 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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