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).