Robert Nelson Tenney passed away Jan. 22, 2008. Tenney was born January 14,1942 in Royal Oak, Mich., son of Elmer and Marguerite (Proper) Tenney. He graduated in 1965 from Ferris State University with a degree in accounting. In 1997, FSU awarded him an honorary doctorate of public service. For nearly 40 years, Tenney lived in California and retired in 1996 as the CEO of Fremont Financial. In 2004, Tenney returned to Michigan and found the perfect home for himself and his beloved dog, Isabella, here in Kalamazoo. Tenney's family members include his brother, John (Nancy) Tenney; niece Meri nephew John E.L. Tenney; sister, Shirley Hoeflinger Carrizo (Carlos); niece Laura Waldbaum; nephews Chris, Matthew, Keith and Tim, all from California. Tenney led a life filled with a commitment to work, gay rights, and a strong belief in education. As he traveled extensively, he built and sustained long-lasting friendships all across the country. Tenney will be remembered for his strong work ethic and a commitment to his belief in personal freedom. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no visitation, and a private memorial service for family only. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Affermations or The Triangle Foundation.
Published in The Daily Tribune on February 3, 2008.
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