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Kenneth Hunrath

November 15, 1930 March 8, 2019
Kenneth Hunrath
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Kenneth Hunrath passed away in the care of his dearest on the evening of Friday, March 8, 2019 at the age of 88. 

Born in Detroit on November 15, 1930, Kenneth was the treasured son of Herbert and Julia (nee Bell)  Hunrath.  His childhood and adolescent years were spent in Detroit, where he left school in the 7th grade to help his mom provide for his fifteen brothers and sisters after the lose of their father at a young age.  Kenny knew then that hard work and street smarts would be the only way to survive.  He was fortunate to have a best friend like Fran Sweesy, whose father taught Kenny everything he knew about cars and helped guide Kenny Hunrath into a very fortunate and successful career in the Auto Industry.  He landed his first job at Grates Pontiac, a stepping stone that later afforded him the opportunity to start his career with the Grand Opening of Jim Causley Pontiac on Mack Avenue as the New Car Prep Manager in April 1957.  Not only blessed with the beginnings of a long, successful career, he also was truly blessed to meet and mentor Jim Causley’s son, Jimmy Jr.  Kenny was very proud of the relationship he had built with Jimmy Jr. and so very pleased to see him lead his own successful James Chevrolet dealership.  He considered him the son he never had.  

Another of Kenny’s great blessings in his life also came in 1957, when he married the love of his life, Mary Ann Jankowiak, whom he’d first met when he drove his fancy, shiny car past her and her friend Fran who were standing on a street corner waiting for a bus.  It was love at first sight.  They started their wonderful life in Southfield, where they purchased their first home and were blessed with the birth of their daughter Marla.  Kenny and Mary Ann believed in working where you have to, but living where you want to, so they moved out to Hamburg into a cute little Log Cabin Cottage and proceeded to build their Dream home on Base Lake in Dexter.  Great memories were made during this time with family, cousins and friends. 

After twelve years with Causley’s, Kenny took the New Car Prep Manager position at Tamaroff Buick Opel on Telegraph and Twelve Mile in 1970. Kenny’s dedication, motivation and connections in the auto industry suited him well in his helping Mr. T (Marv Tamaroff) grow his dealership. He was honored and proud, not only to be his Prep manager, but also in being a dear friend and confidant. They enjoyed many memorable times together and especially treasured opportunities to take in a myriad of antique car shows. Kenny felt blessed to be considered a part of the Tamaroff Family and will forever hold dearly the memories of his forty-nine year career with the Tamaroff Automotive Family.

One thing you new when you met Kenny Hunrath, was that you would never forget his silver fox hair or the way that he touched your heart. You also knew that his work, and his wife and his daughter were his world. His focus was ever on working hard and providing for Mary Ann and Marla. He wanted the best for them; his Mary Ann whose eyes he never forgot, and Marla, who was the twinkle in his eye since the day she was born. The bond between them is rare, extraordinary, and will endure forever.

Thank you Dad, “I Love You”, Marla ;o)
I was blessed with the best parents, and I am blessed that they truly made me who I am, with the love of God. Amen.

He was preceded in death by Mary Ann, his beloved wife of over fifty-two years, in 2009.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Marla Hunrath and the Connell family of Columbiaville.
He also leaves his sisters, Shirley (Joe) Mlot, Virginia Siegert, Joyce (Harold) Lipsitz, and Dixie Hunrath; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins; best friends, Lorraine Purol, Jeanette (Bob) Hill, Lucy (Mike) Latwinski and many other dear friends and colleagues at Tamaroff Automotive Group. One of sixteen children, Ken was preceded in death by eleven of his brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 600 E. Main Street, Brighton, on Wednesday, March 13, from 1-8PM, with a Rosary at 7PM. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 711 Rickett Road, Brighton, on Thursday, March 14, at 10:30AM with The Rev. Fr. Joseph Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Patrick Catholic Church or to the Capuchin Monastery in Detroit. For further information please phone 810-229-2905.

Previous Events





1:00 PM 3/13/2019 1:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/13/2019 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton

600 East Main Street
Brighton, MI 48116

Rosary to begin at 6PM.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Brighton
600 East Main Street Brighton 48116 MI
United States





10:30 AM 3/14/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

711 Rickett Road
Brighton, MI 48116

St. Patrick Catholic Church
711 Rickett Road Brighton 48116 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Patrick Calvary Cemetery Final Resting Place

201-231 Brighton Lake Rd
Brighton, MI 48116

201-231 Brighton Lake Rd Brighton 48116 MI
United States

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