About Kenneth G. Wentink
Kenneth G. Wentink became a member of ASPE in 1969, and was the 588th member of the Society. Early on, he became involved with the Society by becoming a chapter officer. In 1986, Ken was the president of the Chicago Chapter and was also the chair of the Society's 10th Anniversary Convention in Miami. At that Convention, 172 delegates attended and 12 technical papers were given.
In 1986, Ken was first elected to the ASPE board of directors as its 1986-1988 vice president, membership. He was again elected to be the 1988-1990 ASPE vice president, membership and moved up to be the 1990-1992 ASPE vice president, legislative. For 1992-1994, Ken was elected to be the ASPE vice president, technical, and for 1994-1996 and 1996-1998, Ken was president of the Society. With 12 years of service, Ken is one of the longest-serving board members.
In 2000, Ken Wentink became a member of the ASPE Research Foundation and served for two four-year terms. He was president for six of those years. He also remained fully active in the Society as a member of the Society's Certification Committee. With the inaugural issue of the society's magazine, Plumbing Systems & Design, Ken was Mr. Education, being the lead author and test creator for the popular and successful Continuing Education section of the magazine.
Ken Wentink was a member of ASPE for 39 years. During that time, he embodied the spirit of an active member of the Society: a leader by example and deeds.
Ken received many awards during his tenure with the Society, including many of the most prestigious the Society confers: the Society's Distinguished Service Award in 2002 and the Donald F. Dickerson Founders Award in 2004.
In April 2008, Ken Wentink passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, following a long battle with leukemia. He was survived by Gail, his wife of 30 years, and his children Timothy, Cathy, and Jackie. At the time, Ken was employed by Cosentini and Associates as a vice president. He served in the Army and was a Vietnam veteran.