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Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna
Wednesday August 4th, 2010
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna
Wednesday August 4th, 2010

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Kenton Bruce Avery

Kenton Bruce Avery age 89, of Ravenna died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the Poppen Hospice Residence in Muskegon. Kenton was born on May 17, 1921 in Forest Grove, Michigan to the late John A. and Mary A. (Dean) Avery. Kenton served in the United States Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant from July 1943 to January 1946. He married Velma (Newell) Avery and she preceded him in death. He worked at Continental Motors for 20 years and retired as Plant Supervisor at C.W. Marsh after 17 years. Kenton is survived by 1 Son: Dayne (Pat) Avery of Fruitport and 1 Daughter: Karen (Richard) McIlrath of Muskegon; 3 Grandchildren: Christine Bittinger, Amanda (Mike) Ewer and David Avery and 3 Great Grandchildren: Joshua Bittinger, Tyler Avery and Daniel Ewer. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Kenton was preceded in death by: Parents, Wife Velma, 1 Daughter: Diane Avery and 1 Son: David Avery; also 3 Brothers: John, Melbourne “Tuckâ€, Gardner and 4 Sisters: Madge, Shirla, Virginia and Viola. Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 1:00pm at the Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna. Burial will be at Sunrise Memorial Garden. The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday to greet friends from 11:00am until time of service. Memorials may be directed to: Poppen Hospice Residence. Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511

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To Karen & Family: I am very sad to hear of the loss of your Dad. I remember him from years back with Velma, but mostly of the many years he spent with my mom. We had many good times with him. I was not able to get to the funeral as I, like my sister, Kathy, was just getting back to work after vacation. Kent will always be remembered. My mom thought so much of him & they kept each other company after both spouses died. I wanted to send my condolences. Sincerely, Dede Videtich & Family

DEDE VIDETICH Aug 6 2010 10:34 AM

I am writing on behalf of our family to pass along our sincere condolences. I would like to have been able to attend the service today, but I am just returning to work after vacation and am unable to get the time off. You may or may not know, but today would have been our Mom Jean's birthday. How ironic that Kent's service is on that day! Must be a God thing! Although I remember Kent and Velma coming around during the holidays, it was during the many years he spent with our Mom that I remember him most. He was a big part of our family, was very good to our Mom and extremely dedicated to her as he visited her every day in the nursing home. He will always be remembered!

Kathryn (Ogborn) Kibbey Aug 4 2010 10:54 AM

My Dearest Pops, From the time I was a little girl I waited for Kent and Velma to come by during the Christmas holiday. We might not see them all year long, but I knew theyd be by around during the holidays. I remember when Kent would pick me up and Id twist his handle bar mustache and Velma would always give me hugs and kisses. When I thought of them, I had a special feeling in my heart about Love. As life went on and I moved away, I always asked my parents how they were doing. When Mom told me Velma had passed, I was sad for Kent because he had lost his best half. In 1989, my Mom called and asked me if Kent and her could come and visit this winter. They came out in the motor home for a few weeks, then went on to spend the rest of the winter in Brownsville, Texas with Tuck, Sue, Doc and Kay. From 1989 on, Pops (as I began calling him) and Mom spent the winters with me in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2006, Mom passed and Pops didnt come that winter. In 2007 and 2008 Pops wanted to come, so I traveled back to get him and we traveled by train. We had so much fun on the train, trying to pour a tottie while rocking back and forth and not spilling any so we wouldnt get busted and kicked off for having LC with us! Little did we know that returning to Michigan in April of 2009 would be Pops last trip to Albuquerque. Im grateful for all the wonderful memories, generosity and love he showed me throughout the years. For his many hugs, kisses and lunches at many pubs across the country. It was a pleasure to have taken care of Pops, making him bran muffins, steak sandwiches, chili, macaroni salad, and steak/salad for dinner. Shaving him, giving him haircuts, manicures, pedicures and of course picking up his jugs of Lord Calverts and ordering his vitamins! I will miss him, but I know hes in a better place. Hes with Velma, Diane, and David again, those he spoke of often and so dearly missed. May you Rest in Peace Pops Much Love, Barb Ogborn

Barb Ogborn Aug 3 2010 7:04 PM