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Kevin M. Van Duyne

August 17, 1983 August 11, 2019
Kevin M. Van Duyne
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Kevin Michael Van Duyne (born 8/17/1983), of Wyomissing PA, passed away on August 11, 2019. Born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, he also resided in Waterford, Ferndale, and Auburn Hills before moving to Pennsylvania in 2017. Kevin is a graduate of University of Detroit High School and Oakland University.

Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, Kevin participated in Scouting from Cub Scouts until high school graduation. His Scouting adventures included “High Adventure” trips mountain biking in West Virginia and a week of sailing in the Florida Keys as well as many weekends camping in Michigan.

Kevin loved to write, beginning before he knew how to write. As a small child he would pretend to write, or would dictate stories to his parents. This led to him writing music, stories, and writing documentation for his work. At the time of his passing he just completed a longtime dream of writing a novel.

A musician for many years, primarily playing guitar and vocals, but he also played bass and drums. Through the years from high school through college he was a member of a number of bands. Throughout his life he would participate in “open-mic” performances. In musical performances he would often perform original music written by himself or sometimes in collaboration with band mates.

Kevin was an avid snowboarder, having taken up the sport in high school, only a few years after learning to ski. He never looked back at skiing after that first snowboard rental. He was happy with some adrenaline pumping in his body, enjoying skateboarding and white water rafting. He participated in large “Airsoft” competitions in Detroit. He also enjoyed spending time in a park with his dog, or an occasional fishing trip with his father.

Kevin also enjoyed his pets, adopting several over the years. He rescued his beloved cat River in 2005. She was a small kitten with a heart defect who wasn't expected to live but under his care she had a long life. He would be happy to know his new puppy Mara, adopted just a few months ago, has already found a loving home with a friend. He was a supporter of animal rescue shelters, in particular Detroit Dog Rescue.

A life-long “computer guy”, Kevin first built a computer when in the 7th grade. His parents showed him how a computer keyboard worked when he was still a toddler. That first touch of the keyboard was followed by simple computer games, more complex computer games (anyone remember Doom!?), modified computer games, educational tools, programming, his writing activities, AOL Instant Messenger and the Internet (over dial-up phone line!) and a computerized recording studio in his parents basement used by some of the bands he was in. This led his parents to wonder why they showed him how a keyboard worked.

He was employed in information technology in retail and automotive firms in Michigan. Most recently he was the systems architect for a leading-edge software firm that is developing artificial intelligence tools to recognize threats to public safety. He loved his work at his last job, finding a real sense of mission in what he did.

But the best description of Kevin is this: Kevin had many friends and and touched the hearts of many.

He is survived by mother Carol, father George, and grandmother Agnes Kotzian. Preceded in death by grandparents Francis “Corky” Kotzian, and Ruth and George “Stan” Van Duyne.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Roads) Thursday, August 15th, 3-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Regis Catholic Church, 3695 Lincoln Drive, Bloomfield Hills, Friday, August 16th at 10:30am. Burial will follow in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.

Memorials appreciated to University of Detroit Jesuit High School or Detroit Dog Rescue.


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