Age 80, of Lansing, MI, died in faith December 9, 2016. He was born April 23, 1936, in Meriden, CT, to the late Otto and Katherine Kamens.

Pastor Kamens was an ordained pastor for 53 years. He started his pastoral career with Hope Lutheran Church in Detroit. He became an assistant to the bishop of the Michigan Synod. Following that, he came to Lansing to pastor Grace Lutheran Church, where he retired after 27 years of service. While in Detroit, he was actively involved in, and committed to promoting social justice, which continued through his commitment to urban ministry.

Pastor Kamens is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Sue; daughter, Lauren (Russ) Stolberg of Charlotte; grandchildren, Alex, Elena, and Andrew; brother, Kenneth (Ruth) Kamens; sister, Carolyn (Ronald) Callen; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alison Beth Kamens, in 1997, and his sister, Barbara Dunn.

The funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at University Lutheran Church, 1020 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing. His family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Monday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, and beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the fireside room at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to University Lutheran Church Campus Ministry or to Samaritas (formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan).

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    Michael Anton Says:

    God’s peace and comfort for Sue and family as you mourn Al’s death and give thanks for his life and ministry. I was glad to share time and space as Alan’s pastoral colleague in the NWLM Synod. I had much respect for his understanding and expression of the Gospel, especially in terms of social justice.

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    Robin J McCants Says:

    Pastor Al served as the parliamentarian for the SE Michigan Synod for several years. I met him and his wife Sue on a flight to Florida for the Churchwide Assembly maybe 10 years or so ago. They were two of the most kindest people I’d ever met. They continued to ask about my sister – a breast cancer survivor – every time I’d see them until the drive from Lansing to metro Detroit became too much. I have and will continue to pray for this loving family. May God Bless you and keep you all the days of your lives!

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    Marilyn Grable Says:

    Al was so faithful in supporting the family of Frank Madsen at such a difficult time. He prayed with us before every parole hearing of my father’s murderer. It meant so much to all of us. God bless all of you in your grieving.

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    Thomas Roncelli Says:

    The Roncelli Family extends it’s condolences. What a wonderful man is leaving us. Kind. Gentle. Caring. Compassionate.
    I served on Sunset Shores Board of Directors with Rev. Karmens. It was an honor. Rev. Kamens always guided us with a clear head and no drama.

    We at Sunset Shores will miss him deeply.

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    Brooks filonow Says:

    Dear Sue

    Please know how much I appreciated Al for all of the time and effort he gave to Sunset Shores. He was such a kind man. My prayers go out to you and your family.

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