MINONK – Kenneth O. Weppler, 93, of Urbana, formerly of Minonk, passed away Friday (Jan. 3, 2014) at Country Health Care and Rehab, Gifford.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Calvert-Johnson-Froelich Memorial Home, 527 Walnut St., Minonk. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the memorial home. Burial will be in the Rutland Cemetery, Rutland.
Kenny, the first child of Hazel M. (Marshall) and Oscar L. Weppler, was born in rural Rutland on Sept. 4, 1920.
He was a 1938 graduate of Rutland High School. He married Lorene H. Feken on Feb. 4, 1947. She preceded him in death on Feb. 1, 2001.
Kenny is survived by one daughter, Rhonda (Danny) Gordon of Penfield; a granddaughter, Danielle (Blake) Estes of Downs; and a grandson, Anderson Smith of Ogden.
He is also survived by sisters, Dorothy Cusac of Toluca and Bonnie (Don) Sparks of Ottawa; and a brother, Dale of Long Point.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Smith; his parents; a sister, Mary Benko; and a brother, William D.
Kenny farmed and raised livestock in the Dana-Rutland area and retired in 1988. During his life he was active in his church and community. He was a member of the Rutland Christian Church and served on the church board and as a deacon.
He was also a member of the Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School Board, Unit 5 Special Education Board, Groveland Township Board and the Evans Mutual Insurance Board.
Ken was president of the Rutland Cemetery Association and a 60-year member of the Masons.
He and Lorene moved to Minonk after retiring and after her passing he moved to Canterbury Ridge Assisted Living in Urbana to be closer to his daughters and their families.
Kenny enjoyed sports, particularly the Chicago Cubs, the Fighting Illini and the Chicago Bears.
A special thanks to the staff at Canterbury Ridge Assisted Living in Urbana for their loving care and support the past several years and also recently to Country Health Care and Rehab in Gifford for their compassionate care.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Rutland Cemetery Association or the Rutland Christian Church.
The obituary may be viewed and condolences left at www.calvertmemorial.com.