Vietnam War veteran, computing industry pioneer, Kenneth Van Arnem, 65


Kenneth Michael Van Arnem Sr., 65, of Delray Beach, Florida (formerly of Detroit) passed away on July 18, 2016. Ken, an early pioneer in the computing industry, attended the University of Detroit and served in the US Army from 1970 to 1971 during the Vietnam war. After being awarded the Bronze Star for bravery, Ken created and ran the Gulf Coast RV Park. Ken went on to hold key man positions with such companies as Cybergate, the first ISP provider in Florida, Honeywell and ACTS Computing in Detroit, Universal Computer Leasing in Wiesbaden, Germany and Total E networking in Paris and London. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Ken was the VP of Operations for the Detroit Express soccer team, and was also a partner in Van Arnem Racing, SCCA and IMSA GT production road racing. Ken returned to south Florida in 1989 with Finalco and then Gemini Leasing in Boca Raton. In the early 2000’s, Ken became involved with real estate development in south Florida with his brother, and spearheaded such projects as the Casa Bonita condo development, 55 Town Square, and Santa Fe Suites.
Kenny is survived by his children Kerri (Colorado Springs, CO), Kassandra (Detroit, MI) and Ken Jr. (Walled Lake, MI); grandchildren Devin and Alexis; siblings Nancy (Birmingham, MI) and Harold (Ocean Ridge, FL); longtime partner Victoria Spungin and his service dog Madam.
Burial with military honors were held on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL. Kenny’s family hopes that all his long-time friends will join with them in remembering his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Assistance Dogs International or Milton Myers Post 65. Please visit to sign the online guestbook and share condolences.