Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
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Anthony "Duke" Mlejnek

Cemetery: Pine Hill
Memorials: Go Fund Me page "Burial expenses for Anthony "Duke" Mlejnek"

Anthony “Duke” Edward Mlejnek, age 80, of Kentwood, Michigan, died on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His heart failed during a surgery to repair a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Duke was born on November 27, 1940, in Center Line, Michigan to Karl and Hilda (Priska) Mlejnek. He married Glenda Lee (Gilbert) on August 4, 1962. They were married for 59 years and had five children together. He enjoyed helping others in need, golfing, hunting, and sitting in the driveway joking and making conversation with anyone who had the time to visit. He was a great storyteller and loved to tell a tall tale. Duke was a very hard worker and was always on the go. He stayed busy working right up until the very end. He spent almost 25 years as the President of a foundry and pattern shop, GRF Industries, in downtown Grand Rapids. After that, he and his wife Glenda started up their own lawn care and snowplowing business, D&G Lawn Care, which they did together for the last 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Glenda; their five children, Kimberly (Butch) Price-Benham, Scott (Andrea) Mlejnek, Kristen (Derek) Fitzpatrick, Tony (Melissa) Mlejnek, and Randy (Amanda) Mlejnek; grandchildren, Gabriel (Laura) Price, Jessica (Jason) Lopez, Ashley Mlejnek, Alyssa Osterhoudt, Alex Mlejnek, Aaryn Mlejnek, Aleigha Mlejnek, Dezirae Wade, Laighla Dorma, Mallory Mlejnek, Lindsay Mlejnek, Mark Mlejnek, Joshua Mlejnek, Mary Mlejnek; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Margaret “Buddy” (Lenny) Krause, Suzanna Fink, Andrew (Sandy) Mlejnek; and many nieces and nephews. Per Duke’s request, there will be no funeral, service, or visitation. The family asks that you just keep them in your thoughts, prayers, and keep Duke’s memory alive with stories and sharing memories. In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to the Go Fund Me page “Burial expenses for Anthony “Duke” Mlejnek.”

1095 68TH ST SE
# Louie & Kathy Priest 2021-11-04 00:57
Glenda and Family I am so sorry to hear that my great friend Duke has left us and gone to Heaven. He will always be remembered in our hearts as one of the kindness, caring, funny and honest person that I have ever known. We shared a lot of good times in your driveway. Duke was a very knowledgeable in many topics and I he taught me a lot. You both always welcomed my family and I and we are very greatful. I am very proud to call him my friend. God Blessed us with a great man.
# Randy J. Mlejnek 2021-10-30 14:57
Dad, If your online messages are forwarded to Heaven, I want you to know that I love and miss you greatly. So many family, friends, and neighbors have reached out and are sad that you have passed on from this life. We are truly seeing the great depth and breadth of your influence and impact on so many lives. Thank you for loving me, providing well for me, and working so hard all of your life to take care of all of us. Thank you for all the laughs and good times. I will cherish the memories we had together forever. I know that you are in the best possible place, in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Keep the door to your mansion unlocked, as I will be coming to visit when I get there. Don't worry about mom, we got her taken care of. Your memory will live on in our hearts forever. This wasn't a good bye, but a see you later. You shouldn't have to worry about cutting your grass or plowing the snow there, I'm pretty sure that's all included in the stay! Love, Randy
# Linda 2021-10-30 14:39
Glenda and family

So many great memories of Duke
all the times he helped me with mowing, plowing, leaves and “creature” in my house .
I loved bringing him stuffed peppers, he was always so grateful, and loved living across the street for all those years. You all are the best neighbors.
My deepest sympathy to you.
God bless your family.
I will never forget Duke .
# Rudy Nitschke 2021-10-28 20:14
Duke we were ment to become friends not just nebors
But you became more than that to me. You opened up your heart and made my family and I welcome. I saw in you all the qualities of a great man. I just want to say thank you for the time that we had. I miss you. Rudy

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