March 30, 1949 ~ November 27, 2020

Born in: Black Water, OK
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Kenneth Van Pelt, 71, of Rough Rock, Ariz. and Pueblo passed on Nov. 27, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Roberta Van Pelt. Ken is survived by his brother, Erick; and by his beloved wife of 25 years, Lorene Tohe; along with their 21 grandchildren and counting. Ken was a teacher for 25 years at various high schools and elementary schools on the Navajo reservation in the 4 Corners area of Arizona. When a school needed an Athletic Director, trainer, or coach, Ken was ready to put countless hours on buses to help out these schools. Ken also ran an award winning drama/theater program at Chinle High School and saw many of his students go into national theaters and Hollywood movies. Ken loved to fish, tell tall tales, laugh with friends, and watch his beloved Denver Broncos and New York Yankees, but most important of all was his marriage to Lorene Tohe and his very extended family of the Tohe clan. No distance was too great to drive or financial burden too large for him to take on for his family. Special thanks for the Joni Fair Hospice, for making his last days peaceful and full of care. Online condolences,

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  1. So sorry to hear of Ken’s death. As a former theatre teacher of his at the high school level, I was happy to hear of his achievements. I know that he was pleased with what he accomplished. Good Journey Ken!

    Ray and Kathy Serena

  2. Edna Vargas
    Denise Vargas
    December 3, 20

    Our deepest sympathies are with you Erick, Lila and Kenny’s family.
    May God bless and strengthen you each and every day.

  3. Edna Vargas
    Denise Vargas
    December 3, 20

    My deepest sympathy to Erick and Lila and Kenny’s family in this time of sadness. May God bless and strengthen you each and every day.

  4. Ken was a good friend and great teacher, trainer and AD as long as I have known him. Since 1995. We taught together at Rough Rock School with his brother. He became an in-law to our Navajo people and raised his kids and cared for them. We spent a full year at Pinon 2018 SY as we were colleague and neighbors. We fished and were brothers. I heard many stories from Ken and will deeply miss him. We were to reunite in Pueblo with his brother and wife but you left us too soon. My condolescence to his brother Erick, wife Lorena and kids. RIP Kenny. God bless.

  5. We were saddened to read of Ken’s passing. His Mom Bobbie loved telling us about Ken’s dedication to the kids at schools where he taught. His obituary tells about his character and dedication to education and the Navaho Nation. May he now rest in peace reuniting with his parents and family. Bill and Judy Thomas

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