Kenneth Funk

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Kenneth C. Funk, 95, of Freeburg, IL, born November 11, 1923, in Freeburg Township, IL, died Monday, April 22, 2019, at his residence.

Mr. Funk was a retired farmer, a faithful steward of all that God gave him, a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was a member of Anchor of Life Assembly of God Church, J. I. Case Collectors’ Association, a Racine Heritage Museum Supporter, a recipient of St. Clair County Soil and Water Conservation Farmer of the Year 1971, and he received a Certificate of Merit from the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 1974.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Laurine S., nee Stoffel, Funk, whom he married on September 22, 1945 and who died on April 28, 2014; and his parents, August E. and Elsie, nee Linder, Funk; as well as his birth parents, Minnie Marie, nee Hertz, Mueller and Clifford Riess; and a sister, Ruby, nee Mueller, Schopp.

Surviving are his two daughters, Katherine Porter of Ham Lake, MN, and Connie Jeffries of Freeburg, IL;
two sons, Lee (Suzanne) Funk of Freeburg, IL, and Larry Funk of Freeburg, IL;
12 grandchildren;
18 great-grandchildren;
five great-great grandchildren;
a brother, Oris (Verna) Mueller of Mascoutah, IL;
three nephews, Keith (Kathy) Schopp, Bruce (Kristine) Schopp, and Michael (Lynne) Stelzleni;
and one niece, Rita Johnson.

Memorials may be made to the Anchor of Life Assembly of God Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m.  Friday, April 26, 2019, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, with Rev. Wes Hart officiating.

Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


6 Comments on Kenneth Funk

Frank X Heiligenstein said : Guest Report May 30, 2019 at 1:12 AM

He was one very interesting person to talk to when he came into Mc Donalds..One really misses seeing him may he rest in peace!!!!!!!!

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Paula Nichole Oxley said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2019 at 5:46 AM

My Great Uncle Kenny was the best man I've ever known. I truly loved being with him. He loved the land, his family, and God. He always had a smile on his face. He always made me feel loved. I will miss him, and pray I see him again...God willing. I love you, Uncle Kenny.

  • Paso Robles
  • California
Esther Grodeon said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2019 at 11:40 PM

Many fond memories of good times together through the years. My sincere sympathy. God bless. Esther

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Peggy (Funk) Whitlow said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Kenny & Laurine, together again, as they were not too long ago. So very sorry for our family’s loss. Much love to his children.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Chris Hauri said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2019 at 2:33 PM

Sending love at this important time to your family. I'll always remember Dad's Day weekend in Champaign - 1970? - when our dads met. My dad who spent time on a farm as a youngster was in AWE of your dad. Your dad was the real deal, an honest man living off the land. Years later, Dad would ask about your dad and aways comment on his hands and how powerful they looked. They must have been if your dad was still splitting wood up until a few weeks ago. RIP.

  • River Forest
  • Illinois
Michael & Lynne Stelzleni said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2019 at 1:29 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenny and all of the family. Remember all of the good times.

  • Athens
  • Georgia

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