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Kenneth Mels

Kenneth D. Mels

Thursday, September 13th, 1934 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Obituary

Ken Mels is going to be remembered for his big handshakes, his jovial laughter and questions about you, and for being glad to see you whenever you walk into his home or his church. His family is so proud and grateful to have enjoyed him for so many years.

Ken was born in Roseland on September 13, 1934 to Walter and Jane Mels. He was predeceased by his only sibling, Sherman. Ken went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 24, 2020 leaving behind his beloved wife of 6o years Marcia (Heerdt) Mels. He was the loving father of Scott (Debra), Susan (Rick) VanDyken, Sharon (Marc) Zuiderveen, and Sandy (Gordon) Geerdes. Ken was the proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

After more than 25 years as an Executive Engineer with General Motors Electro-Motive division in LaGrange, Ken transitioned to being an administrator for the Barnabas Foundation, an organization of the Christian Reformed Church.

Ken used his gifts in leadership serving on several boards for Christian ministries including Cottage Grove CRC and Orland Park CRC, Trinity Christian College, Southwest Chicago Christian Schools, Pass It On Thrift Store, Providence Life Services, Barnabas Foundation and the Christian Reformed Church.

Ken was best known for his welcoming handshake at Orland Park CRC both to visitors and members alike. He was an advocate and encourager of hospitality in the church and at home. We like to imagine that he is now at the doors of heaven welcoming people as they arrive.

Ken will be deeply missed by so many of the lives he’s impacted, and especially by his family and friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Trinity Christian College 6601 West College Drive Palos Heights, Illinois 60463

Visitation Thursday, August 6, 2020, 3-8 p.m. at Colonial Chapel 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.

A private Funeral Service for the family will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. While this service is limited to Ken's immediate family, a live-stream will be available. Please visit Ken's Obituary on Colonial Chapel's web-site at colonialchapel.com to view the live-stream of the Funeral Service.

Burial Private at Chapel Hill Gardens South, Oak Lawn, Illinois

Below is the live-stream of Ken's Funeral Service for August 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.



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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Colonial Chapel
    Address
    15525 S. 73rd Ave.
    ORLAND PARK, IL 60462
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Visitation Thursday, August 7, 2020, 3-8 p.m. at Colonial Chapel 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.
  • Service

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, August 7th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Private at Colonial Chapel
    Address
    Notes
    A private Funeral Service for the family will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. While this service is limited to Ken's immediate family, a live-stream will be available. Please visit Ken's Obituary on Colonial Chapel's web-site at colonialchapel.com to view the live-stream of the Funeral Service.
  • Interment

    Location
    Burial Private at Chapel Hill Gardens South
    Address
    11333 S. Central Ave.
    OAK LAWN, IL 60453
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Charles Wierda

Posted at 09:38pm
Met Mr. Mels early in my days at Trinity. So enjoyed seeing him over the years at the outdoor services at Beechwood. Great man who will be missed. Prayers to his family
JB

Jean Bergeson

Posted at 02:34pm
To the Mels family: May God grant you His peace, peace beyond our understanding. Although I did not know Ken very well, I knew right away that he was a kind, generous, and loving soul. Praying for you, Marcia. Jean Bergeson
JS

Jack Sytsma

Posted at 06:16am
I worked with Ken for six years at the Barnabas Foundation back in the 1990’s. Ken and Marcia Mels were the most hospitable people I have ever met. Ken was and is such an example of goodness for his children, grandchildren and all to emulate. He will be deeply missed. Jack Sytsma
PV

Pam voss

Posted at 10:49am
So sorry for your loss! Shook kens hand every Sunday, we will miss him!! Keeping your family in our prayers, love Dave n Pam Voss
MB

Marcia Byholt

Posted at 11:53pm
Dear family, We were so sad to hear about Ken .Going to miss seeing him going up and down the road at Oak Grove on his way usually to the beach. It was such a blessing for him to be able get around and enjoy the lake . It was always a joy to talk to him , John loved talking about trains with him.Ken has a wonderful family, it has been fun watching them get together for their family week through the years .Hold on to all those wonderful memories . Marcia blessing to you God truly blessed you with 60 wonderful years . In Christian Love , John & Marcia Byholt
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