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Arkema, Kenneth J.

Date of birth:
September 4th, 1919 (Grand Haven/Michigan, United States)
Date of death:
September 11th, 2003 (Muskegon/Michigan, United States)
Service number:
American (1776 - present, Republic)


Kenneth was born on September 4, 1915 to Garrit [Garret] and Etta Byl Arkema. He married Ruth Bomers on April 9, 1941 in Holland, Michigan. Ruth, the daughter of Dewey and Reka Kolenbrander Bomers of Holland, was born on August 6, 1920. Kenneth earned a bronze star while serving with the Army during WWII. In Grand Haven, he was Public Relations Manager for Gardner-Denver. Kenneth also was an amateur musician. The Arkemas, who resided at 1230 Slayton, were members of the Second Christian Reformed Church. Their children were Kenneth II and Karen, who married Vern Peters. Kenneth died on September 11, 2003 in Muskegon. Ruth passed away in Grand Haven on November 3, 2004. They were buried at Lake Forest Cemetery.
Attached to the 3rd Battalion, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division "Thunderbird", U.S. Army.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
4 bronze stars, 1 bronze arrowhead
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal


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