Kenneth L. Kunkelmann, 74, of Smithton, IL, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.
Ken was born December 11, 1941, in Belleville, Ill., the son of Lorraine and Virginia, nee Grossman, Kunkelmann. Ken worked as an electrician at Stag Brewery in Belleville, Ill., and at Spectrulite Consortium in Madison, Ill., before his retirement. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. His four years in the military took him to California, Midway Island, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam, where he was part of a flight crew doing aerial reconnaissance over Vietnam.
Ken’s interests included travel, genealogy, and local history, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, LuEtta, nee Harris, Kunkelmann; and his step-father, Oliver Bell.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Dorothy, nee Matusek, Kunkelmann, whom he married on May 23, 1969;
two daughters, Julie (Mark) Gordon of Waterloo, IL,
Paula (Craig) Milloshewski of Smithton, IL;
his son, Darren (Ellen) Kunkelmann of St. Louis, MO;
six grandchildren, Keegan Gordon, Caden Gordon,
Andrew Milloshewski, Elena Milloshewski,
Ivy Kunkelmann, Nina Kunkelmann;
four sisters, Dora (Allan) Garland, Marian Bell,
Lana Kovacs, Lynn Hartmann;
two brothers, Michael (Connie) Bell, Larry Kunkelmann;
his aunt, LaVerne (Norman) Van Buren;
and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of other types of memorials, donations to the Smithton Senior Center or to the Smithton Public Library are preferred. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Cremation was held, in keeping with Ken’s wishes. The family will receive visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at the Smithton Senior Center. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating, followed by refreshments and fellowship.