Kenneth Meng

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Kenneth Wayne Meng, 69, of Freeburg, IL, born August 10, 1953, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, March 16, 2023, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, surrounded by his loving family.

Born to farm, Kenny spent his youth working with his dad at Ravendale Farm, showing registered dairy cattle and working the soil he so dearly loved. He now leaves it in the capable hands of his son, Craig, and daughter-in-law, Kristen.

Kenny was a 1971 graduate of Mascoutah Community High School and a 1973 graduate of Belleville Area College. He was the owner/operator of Ravendale Farm LLC, Freeburg, IL. Kenny was a member of the Illinois and National Holstein Association and the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He was a member of Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church, Mascoutah, IL, and had served on the Mascoutah School Board District 19 for 16 years.

Though poor health has kept Kenny confined to his big recliner for the last three years, there is nothing he loved more than to hear the door open and a voice saying, “Hi Papa”.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Delores, nee Biekert, Meng; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony and Madeline, nee Kendrick, Mayer; and a nephew, Scott Mayer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Patricia, nee Mayer, Meng, whom he married on September 4, 1976; four daughters and a son, Lisa (John) Reinneck, Laurie (Warren) Lee, Craig (Kristen) Meng, Christine Meng, and Kerri (Neil) Lange; nine grandchildren, Emily and Grant Reinneck, Lucy Lee, Luke, Pete, and John Meng, and Aubrey, Owen, and Noah Lange; two sisters, Connie (Tony) Welsch and Bonnie (Dave) Fischer; a sister-in-law, Julie (Joe) Fingerhut; a brother-in-law, Tony (Renae) Mayer; 11 nieces and nephews; 21 great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of terrific friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Childhood Endowment Fund or to BJC Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2023, at Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church, Mascoutah, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2023, at Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church, Mascoutah, IL, with Fr. Nicholas Fleming officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



17 Comments on Kenneth Meng

Katie Heaney said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2023 at 10:06 AM

We will miss you Uncle Kenny. You were such a kind and fun godfather to me. Thank you for raising intelligent, funny, and beautiful children. So grateful to have them as cousins. Love you!!!

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
David L Biver said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2023 at 11:59 AM

What a nice, pleasant, good Christian man. I am so sorry I was unable to attend any of the services. My condolences to all of his family, what a great group of people. I was very fond of Kenny Meng.

  • Illinois
Suzanne Mudd-Yarber said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2023 at 4:24 PM

Christine, Sending our deepest sympathy. David and Suzie Yarber

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
The Geis Family said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2023 at 1:18 PM

We are deeply sorry for your family’s loss. What an amazing legacy he has left for you all…and he will continue to guide you as your guardian Angel. You are in our prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jeff Neal said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2023 at 10:09 AM

My sincere condolences.

  • San Antonio
  • TX
Sarah Nielsen said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2023 at 3:55 PM

My heart goes out to the Meng family. I loved going to the farm in grade school to visit Lisa. Kenny and Mary were like a second set of parents to me. My condolences go out to the entire family. You were all such a blessing in my life.

  • Scott AFB
  • IL
Ken and Peggy Kruse said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2023 at 9:44 AM

We are so very sorry to hear this news. Kenny will be missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Larry Lanter said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2023 at 7:46 AM

Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the loss of a truly great man. I'm proud to call Kenny my friend.

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Rita Billhartz said : Guest Report Mar 18, 2023 at 1:46 PM

It has been a blessing to have known the "Meng" family especially Mary and Christine. May he now rest in one of heaven"s recliner!!!!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Don Ely said : Guest Report Mar 18, 2023 at 9:49 AM

What a shock and is so sad. Wayne and Ken both worked very hard to have a top herd of registered Holsteins and Ken was such an outstanding individual. My sincere condolences to Mary and the family. And Ken I’m sure was proud that his son is continuing the herd and doing an exceptional job.

  • Hartville
  • MO
Margie Thole said : Guest Report Mar 18, 2023 at 9:23 AM

Our hearts go out to all of the Meng family...Everyone that knew Kenny - loved him....May God hold you in the Palm of His Mighty Hand... Dan & Marge Thole

  • Aviston
  • IL
Bob Littrell said : Guest Report Mar 18, 2023 at 7:35 AM

My thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by everyone he touched in his life.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Mar 18, 2023 at 5:45 AM

Mary and Family please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Rick and Marie Turcotte said : Guest Report Mar 17, 2023 at 2:36 PM

We've been blessed for years to have Kenny as a treasured friend. To have a close friend as kind, decent, and faith-filled as Kenny, is a priceless gift from God, and we shared love, laughter, and the joy of life with him and Mary many times. Now we mourn a great loss with Kenny's passing. Our prayers and condolences to Mary, and the entire family, as we also miss our beloved friend.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Kent and Margie Berry said : Guest Report Mar 17, 2023 at 1:59 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
jerry knebel said : Guest Report Mar 17, 2023 at 1:49 PM

So sorry to hear about your father passing away. Please accept my sympathys. Sounds like he really liked to farm and was a great dad. take care jerry & nancee knebel

  • pocahontas
  • Illinois
Charles & Marge Smith said : Guest Report Mar 17, 2023 at 1:43 PM

March 16, 2023 the world lost a great man. Marge & I were fortunate to have met and known Kenny, He will be truly missed, but remembered forever.

  • St Louis
  • MO

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