Condolence & Memory Journal


Thinking of you Ivan, R.I.P. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sue Kempen - Ontonagon, MI - Friend   November 24, 2020

John, Kirsten, & family, you have my deepest sympathy and condolences. In the short time I knew Ivan I was impressed by his knowledge well beyond his age. He will be missed by all that knew him. I'm confident your faith will help you through this difficult time.


Posted by Walt Toepfer    December 04, 2018

My condolences to you at this time of great loss. I have wonderful memories of Ivan from the Crystal Mt days. I pray your memories can sustain you.

Posted by Laurie Levknecht - Saint Joseph, MI   November 30, 2018

Our heartfelt condolences on your profound loss. Gary and Arlene Jones

Posted by A friend   November 30, 2018

The unmeasurable depth of our gratitude towards Ivan and John for the vehicle assistance they gave our daughter Leigh last March, now pales in comparison to the sympathy we feel for John, Kirsten, and the entire Rinne family during this unimaginably difficult time. We pray that God will lift this heavy burden from your hearts and minds yet allow you to cherish every moment you shared with Ivan during his all too short yet very full life here on Earth. Though we have no ability to understand it, be assured that Gods plan is perfect, and from this tragic event, something so much greater will result from it. May the peace of the Lord be with you always.
The Langum Family, Brian, Linda, Genna, Eric, and Leigh

Posted by Brian Langum - WI   November 29, 2018

Kirsten and John,

Our hearts are broken for the both of you and your entire family. There are no words that can be said to express the deep grief you must endure. May God's grace and strength surround all of you.

Posted by Keith and Ann Hammack - Monroe, MI   November 28, 2018

We met Ivan at my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Eino's (Kemppainen) when we were up visiting. He made quit a first impression. He was busy doing yard work and making sure he did to perfection. Ivan was such a joy to be around. When we took Aunt Shirley home last summer he showed us all the projects he was working on in my Uncle's garage. He was most proud of the pony motor he got to run on my Uncle's old bulldozer. He told me he was on a mission to get the big motor running next. I'm sure he would have if he had more time here. You don't find many young men like Ivan in this world. He was one of a kind and we will miss our visits with him. My Aunt Shirley and Howie thought of him as part of the family and we will all miss him. I'm sure he is lighting up Heaven just like he lit up the world just by his presence. May God hold you close in his ever loving arms.

Posted by Bob and Carol Slumkoski - Warren, MI - Friend   November 28, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss! For a such a young man, he certainly has touched many lives and he will be missed by many. You were so blessed to have him!

Posted by Randy and Lynne Maki - Chatham, MI - Acquaintance   November 28, 2018

The Ivanator was a special Buddy to me. The first time I met Ivan I knew he was not your average 14 yr old. He had interests in you don't see anymore mainly in the mechanical side of things. So I let him use my Fathers old garage for all his projects and he did. His old snowmobile count got up to 18 with him getting most of them to run again. This all happened because of the good family he was raised with. I'm proud to have known him and be around him. He definitely touched my heart and I will miss him. Thanks Ivan for being my special friend and this goes for my Mother also as she feels the same way.

Posted by Howard Kemppainen - Marquette, MI - Friend   November 27, 2018

Posted by Howard Kemppainen - Marquette, MI - Friend   November 27, 2018

I'm so sorry for this tremendous loss to you and your family, Kirsten. I pray for you and your family. May you all feel God's presence and love. Rosanne Roberts Archuletta

Posted by Rosanne Roberts Archuletta - Santa Fe, NM - Coworker   November 27, 2018

So sorry for your loss prayers

Posted by Kathy Koski - Dollar Bay, MI   November 26, 2018

My deepest and sincere condolences. Ivan was such an impressive young man. Wise beyond his years and lived life to the fullest. I will never forget him.

Posted by Vikki Moore - Mass City, MI   November 26, 2018


Prayers and hugs

Posted by Linda Hammerberg - MI   November 26, 2018

Ivan was such an energetic young man--thought he would have been the one to take over the feed mill.
Thinking of you with deepest sympathy!

Your friends at Holmquist Feed Mill, Trenary, MI

Posted by Sharon Boyer - Trenary, MI   November 26, 2018

To The Family accept my sincere condolences you are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure the loss of your loved one. As you remember the wonderful memories, may the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Posted by A friend   November 26, 2018

We are so very sorry your loss. Although, we had only recently met Ivan, we were so impressed with what a remarkable young man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Dave and Sharon Chrisinske - Byron Center, MI - Acquaintance   November 26, 2018

RIP Ivan, Ski free forever. Our prayers are with all the families and friend. Pitcher Family.

Posted by Randy Pitcher - Rineyville, KY - Family Friend   November 26, 2018

May your beautiful boy rest peacefully with God and watch over you always.
Our deepest condolences go out to you during this time of grief and loss.

Posted by Len and Lauren Ludovico - Wall, NJ - Coworker   November 26, 2018

Keep on shredding Ivan!

Posted by Fellow Skiier - Grand Rapids, MI - acquaintance   November 26, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss. The few times I spoke with him he was very polite and personable. When I drove by on the mail route he was always outside doing something. Such an inspiring young man.

Posted by Sarah Westie - Mass city, MI - Acquaintance   November 25, 2018


So very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with Ivan's entire family! ❤

Posted by Kathy Sandy-Clark - Troy, MI   November 25, 2018


I met this young man in June at Sharon & Al Johnson's home, He was sitting there having lunch with Wade and his parents. I thought what a very nice, polite young man, then to find he was only 16. I understand he was a very hard worker also. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May you find comfort in our Lord.

Posted by Linda Arvo - Westland, MI - Acquaintance   November 25, 2018

Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss.

Posted by Rhonda Hopkins - Ontonagon, MI - Acquaintance   November 25, 2018

John and Kirsten,
Your loss is great and unbeatable however, God will give you grace and strength to carry on. God knows your heart and deep love for your son and He will continue to be by your side even when your faith is faint. God will carry you now and forever. Stand firm on the Word of God and draw your strength from him.
Donna's friend, Cindy Kirk Newsome. Praying for you for years to come.

Posted by Cindy Newsome - Erie, MI - Family Friend   November 25, 2018

Sorry to hear the heartbreaking news of Ivans passing, Prayers to all.

Posted by Connie Thebo - Bear Creek,, WI - Friend   November 25, 2018

My entire heart goes out to you all. There are no words. Sending you all love and prayers.

Posted by Jody Johnson - Hancock, MI - Friend   November 25, 2018

Our hearts go out to your family.

Posted by Peggy & Jason Clark - Ontonagon, MI   November 25, 2018

Deeply sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts & prayers. R.I.P. Ivan

Posted by Sue & Dale Kempen - Ontonagon, MI - Acquaintance   November 25, 2018