Kody Wayne Lenon


MARQUETTE, MI – Kody Wayne Lenon, age 27, of Marquette, passed from this life on Thursday, March 23, 2017, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Born November 28, 1989, in Lansing, a son of David Wayne and Diana Marie (Kruger) Lenon, Kody was raised in Grand Ledge. Early on, he developed a fascination with auto mechanics from watching his uncle work on and restore a Model A. He enjoyed tinkering for the rest of his life. While attending Grand Ledge High School, he took classes in auto mechanics at Lansing Community College during his sophomore, junior, and senior years and also was employed at Pet Smart, saving to buy his first motorcycle. He graduated in 2008 and moved to Marquette. He attended Northern Michigan University for a time before employment with Frei Chevrolet as a technician in their parts department. Later, he worked as a mechanic with Public Service Garage, where he was currently employed, and was respected as a talented mechanic and valued friend. Kody was a person in tune with nature and he loved anything outdoors, biking, camping, motorcycling, snowboarding…anything in nature and anything fast.

However, he drew the line at mowing the lawn, pleading with his father that the mowing operation was “not fast enough Dad”. As a youngster, he learned the art of fly fishing from his father, and became quite good at it, with others complementing on his skill with the rod. Yearly vacations with his mother and grandma, Sandra, were events to be enjoyed and he was always patient with whatever activity they were involved in. He loved older people and enjoyed engaging them in conversations and listening to their stories. Kody viewed life as an adventure to be conquered and possessed a great imagination which opened many doors and pursuits, real and imagined. Truly one of a kind, Kody had a charismatic spirit, always smiled, and could light up a room just by walking in. He was generous with his time and talent and was always willing to lend a helping hand. And, when in a conversation with you, he gave his full attention, never conversing and fidgeting with his cell phone at the same time. He was innately good, amazing, and could give a bear hug you would never forget. For many years, he held a fascination with Buddhism and the ways of the American Indians, which probably accounted for his love and respect for nature and for his fellow inhabitants on Mother Earth.

Kody is survived by his mother, Diana Lenon of Haslett; his father, David Lenon, and David’s fiance, Gina of Mancelona; paternal grandmother, Sandra Free of Lansing; sisters, Tara Matthieu of Lansing and Deena Allen of Grand Ledge; a brother, Joshua Curtice of Holt; his girlfriend, Lindsay LaBerge of Marquette; his nieces and nephews who were “his world”, Aliyah, Olivia, Iliana, Lily, Skyler, and Michael; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; his best friends and compadres, Nick Bates of Lansing and Nick Wohlfeil of Wisconsin; and the rest of his Knowmad family.

A time of gathering to celebrate and remember Kody’s life, will be held at Marquette Mountain on Saturday, April 1, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. It will be informal, as was Kody’s way, and no formal service will be held.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com