Kenneth F. Tinklepaugh


Kenneth F. Tinklepaugh, of Warwick and formerly of Nyack, passed away peacefully at home  with family on April 26, 2017.  He was 81 years old.

Born on January 5, 1936 in Pittston, PA, he was the son of the late Harry and Esther (Green) Tinklepaugh.

He was married to Janice (Schroeder) Tinklepaugh.

Ken lived a life of compassion and service and his willingness to go the extra mile touched the lives of many.  After graduating college, he was ordained to the ministry in 1960, serving congregations in Pennsylvania and New York for eleven years. He had a special gift for knowing what others needed and the desire to help them meet that need. This led him to the field of Probation, working with troubled youth and families.  He was instrumental in starting a volunteer mentoring program now known as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Rockland County.  Ken also enjoyed serving as an adjunct instructor for King’s College/Briarcliff campus, assisting in the development of a Criminal Justice curriculum.

He was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and friend and we were blessed to have had him in our lives.

He is survived by his wife, Janice of Warwick; his children:  Cheryl (Timothy) Ferris of Marcellus, NY, Sandra (Jonathan) Franck of Warwick, Janice (Gordon) Graven of Warwick, and Steven Tinklepaugh (Robert Guerrero) of Long Beach, CA;   five grandchildren:  Kait Barnum, Jeremy Ferris, Zachary Franck, Matthew Franck, and Christian Graven.  He was predeceased by a son, David in 2005.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 7:00-9:00 pm at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick, NY.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 4th, at Goshen Christian Reformed Church, 2440 Route 17A, Goshen, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Rockland County, 65 North Main Street, New City, NY 10956 – or National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasias, 6 Executive Drive, Suite 2, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 –

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On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County, please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the very sad passing of Ken.
Gillian Ballard
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County, please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences on the very sad passing of Ken.
Gillian Ballard
My condolences on your loss. I have fond memories of your family. Mr. Tinklepaugh was very kind towards my scruffy teenage self, and did me a huge favor in getting me a janitorial job at the county courthouse and Sherrif's office. My earnings helped me go to college and get away from a difficult situation at home. It made a big difference, and I still appreciate it.
Joe Niski
Sandra and family, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you at this sad time. Sincerely, Dianne Buturla (Retired Redi/Apple Valley Pharmacy)
Dianne Buturla
Thirty years ago I was blessed to meet this great man as my supervisor at Rockland County Probation. He was not only my boss, but my mentor and friend. It was my privilege to know and learn from him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family he loved in this difficult time.
Tim Davidian
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