February 9, 1932 – January 8, 2021
Kenneth Harold Mekkes, age 88, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 8, 2021 while surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Alice Mekkes and his two sisters, Mildred Perkins and Alma VanderWal. He will be deeply missed by his wife of nearly 65 years, Lily Mekkes; his children Linda (Tim) Patterson, Dan (Tina) Mekkes, and Tim Mekkes; grandchildren Adam, Chad (Brittany), Ashley, McKinley (Jake), Danielle, Hannah, Grace, Levi; and six great-grandchildren; as well as many extended family and friends.
While Ken was young, he proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his time in the army, he was a printer by trade and retired from the Wyoming city offices as the department head after 26 years. Ken and Lily are both long-time members of Byron Center Bible Church where they were actively involved in the church community. Ken had a love of fishing, hunting, and being outdoors. In his free time Ken loved to garden, and had an even greater love of sharing the harvest with others. Ken was a faithful servant of the Lord, and was always quick to lend a hand to anyone in need and share the love of Jesus while doing so.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home (West building) 4235 Prairie St. SW, Grandville, MI 49418 with visitation from 1-2:30 p.m. prior to the service. In memory of Ken and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Byron Center Bible Church or Mel Trotter Ministries. A special thank you to Spectrum Health Hospice team for the great care and love shown to Ken and the Mekkes family; it was greatly appreciated and Ken always expressed great thanks after each visit. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.
- Byron Center Bible Church
- Mel Trotter Ministries
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
January 14, 2021
My condolences go out to Linda a former coworker at Spartan many years ago.
January 13, 2021
Ken provided me with plank 6''x 4'' cards for me to make notes for my sermons. Although this might seem a rather trivial memory it was representative of his helpfulness. He was eager and pleased to be of service and it was his positive attitude that remained consistent at all times. I am reminded of a statement made by Mother Theresa in which she urged Christians to act remembering we have been called, 'not too great acts but too small acts with great love.' Thank you Ken, you performed this small act of service to me with great care and love making a big impact. Mission accomplished brother!
January 11, 2021
Years ago, I bowled on a league with Ken and Lily - good times!
January 10, 2021
ice fishing with Dad and Frickles was only 1 memory of many, pulling weeds I. The garden, bass fishing on Green lake, deer hunting and shooting the pellet gun at lunch 😃. Learning how to drive and plow snow with the tractor SO many good memories and knowing he’s in Heaven is the best gift I could have