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Craft, Kenneth Mark -

Kenneth Mark Craft

Plainwell - Ken died peacefully at home on May 19, 2022. He fought a courageous 20-year battle with multiple health & medical issues. Born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 20, 1954, to Ben & Norma Hoogendoorn, Ken was actually raised by his mother and her 2nd husband, Pat Craft. Ken always went by the name Ken Craft. At 18 years old, Ken legally changed his last name from Hoogendoorn to Craft. Ken attended school in Otsego, MI and went to Otsego High School until the middle of 10' grade. Ken worked for several businesses including Standard Gas Station, Jensen's Shoes & Clothing and E&B Shop. Ken began his final profession as an apprentice to become a Pipe Fitter with CL Mahoney.He was a proud Union Member of the Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 357 serving on numerous board positions, including President, for many years He continued to serve & volunteer his time with the Local 357, never missing a union meeting until he died. Ken worked on the Local 357 Credit Union Board for 30 years. Ken married Dawn Henderson on May 24, 1975. Together they raised 2 boys, Casey & Brook. When Casey became a 3rd generation Pipe Fitter to carry on the family trade and Brook became a Marine, you couldn't find a more proud father boasting about his sons. Ken & Dawn have lived on Pine Lake for 35 years.Ken will be greatly missed by his family & friends. He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Dawn; Sons: Casey (Jessica) Craft & Brook Craft; Grandsons: Kegan & Konner Craft; Brother: Bill (Judy) Hoogendoorn; Sister: Dyann (Roger) Herr; Brother-In-Law: Steve (Yvonne) Henderson; Sister-In-Law: Scarlett (Jim) Bird; Favorite Mother-In-Law: Rolene Henderson; Aunt: Mary Resh; Cousin: Don (Kathy) Resh; Nieces & Nephews: Brian (Tara) Hoogendoorn, Tiffini (Dan) Cumro, Patrick (Jill) Hatfield, Brent (Deborah) Henderson, Kelley Courtney, Kyle (Jen) Bird, & Aaron (Danielle) Bird; Great Nieces & Nephews: Carsen & Brady Hoogendoorn, Nathon, Logan & Rhylie Niedzielski, Shayfer Cumro, Josh, Amanda, & Dalton Hatfield, Elizabeth Henderson, Jeffrey Courtney, Jameson & Ella Bird, Tanner & Katelin Bird; Ken was preceded in death by his father Ben Hoogendoorn, his mother Norma Craft, his stepfather Pat Craft, his father-in-law Bud Henderson and special cousin Janet Resh. Ken believed in supporting his community by giving his time, knowledge & resources. In true Ken style, he made arrangements some time ago to donate his body to the Western Michigan University Medical School of Science. It was Ken's wish that they find some answers and cures to help others that are suffering from similar medical conditions. In accordance with Ken's directive, there will be no services. He asks that you take whatever your donation would have been and spend it having a memorable time with your loved ones. Life is precious & short, sometimes you have to stop and take in the moment.


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