Herman McKenzie

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Herman E. McKenzie, 86, of Belleville, IL, born June 3, 1935, in Ashley, IL, died Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. McKenzie was a welder and retired from Boilermakers Local 27 after 30 years of service. He was a United States Army Korean War veteran. Herman was a master at everything and could fix anything. He was an Eagle Scout, collector of Japanese swords, loved music, and in his younger years, enjoyed spelunking.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Mitchell; his parents, Everett and AnnLou, nee Harrington, McKenzie; a grandson, Joshua, in infancy; a brother, Marion McKenzie; and a brother-in-law, Bill McCulley.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Helen M., nee Riley, McKenzie, whom he married on November 4, 1957; four children, Deborah (Jerry) Northway of Shiloh, IL, Richard (Terry) Mitchell of Belleville, IL, Luanne (Todd May) McKenzie of Belleville, IL, and Michael (Donna) McKenzie of Freeburg, IL; 11 grandchildren, Kristy Northway, Brian (Amy) Northway, Justin (Siphra) Briggs, Lindsey (Toby Rosser) Mitchell, Ashley (Caleb) Jordan, Derrick Hughes, Alyson Valci, Madison Brunner, Dustin (Danielle) McKenzie, and Meghan (Joey) Whitten; 18 great-grandchildren, Hanna, Elizabeth, Vivian, Shaun, Jace, Samuel, Danielle, Gabrielle, Brayden, Jayden, Shianna, Astraea, Kylie, Layne, Cashton, Libby, Hunter, and Bentley; and a sister, Norma McCulley of St. Louis, MO.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


10 Comments on Herman McKenzie

Diane Lamborn said : Guest Report May 25, 2022 at 2:01 PM

Herman was like a second father to me. Always so kind and ready to tell you one of his jokes. He will certainly be missed. May he rest in peace. Amen

  • Laramie
  • WY
Darlene said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 1:49 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. He was the most kindest sweetest and caring man I have ever known. I pray for the family for comfort.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mary Bill Katie Chrissy Stiehl said : Guest Report May 12, 2022 at 11:42 AM

Herman was such a godsend. He helped us with so many home tasks when we were rehabbing Orchard Drive. He built the deck, a treehouse, a new front brick walkway, a dog run and more than I can mention. Helen and Herman were a wonderful pair. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rich and Charlotte Bersett said : Guest Report May 11, 2022 at 4:42 PM

Sorry to say good-bye to a great neighbor and friend. Rest in God's peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Scarlett M Meyer said : Guest Report May 11, 2022 at 8:56 AM

I have had the pleasure of being Herman's neighbor for the last 4 years. When I put up my American flag last year, he walked across the street and saluted it. I'll never forget that. He was a wonderful neighbor and his music and smile will be missed on our little corner.

  • IL
Mindy Lamborn said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 9:19 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Herman was a great man and a amazing soul. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace until we all meet again.

  • Laramie
  • Wyoming
tcoslet@marshallowls.com said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 7:12 PM

Ashley my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Marshall
  • Mo
Janet (Lester) Sutton said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 7:09 PM

Helen and family...what a blessing it was growing up next to y'all! I will always cherish and remember hearing Herman whistling and the music that always came from the garage as he worked in there...we couldn't have asked for ot found better neighbors! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Helotes
  • TX
Cindy and Nichole Barker said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 4:59 PM

Herman will be missed by many He was a special friend to all his neighbors Our prayers go out to all the family Rest in peace Herman

  • Illinois
Ashley Jordan said : Guest Report May 10, 2022 at 4:36 PM

Grandpa was an amazing man who was loves by all. He helped anyone out who needed the help he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and neighbor and will be loved by all

  • Slater
  • Missouri

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