Kenneth Palucci

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Ret. Lt. Col. USAF, Kenneth J. Palucci, 76, of Belleville, IL, born November 5, 1943, in St. Louis, MO, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Ken graduated from Bishop Du Bourg High School in 1961. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Parks College and a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University. Ken served his country in the Air Force for 21 years. His service included assignments with Air Force Global Weather Central, Centralized Systems Management Division and the Airlift Information Systems Division. Ken served at bases in the United States and Thailand. After his distinguished career in the Air Force, Ken went on to serve his country as a defense contractor with Modern Technologies Corporation, BAE Systems and SAIC. Ken worked hard throughout his life, one of his most memorable jobs was at the St. Louis Zoo, where he met Sue. Ken was a devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His numerous titles included soccer and baseball coach, career mentor, meteorologist, DJ, sports fan and BBQ grill master.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary, nee Zauf, Palucci; and three siblings, Lavern Schall, Donald Palucci, and Florence Dorlac.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Sue, nee Hespen, Palucci, whom he married on July 17, 1965;
four children, Mary “Chrissy” (Joseph) Lamie of Millstadt, IL,
Steven (Terri) Palucci of St. Louis, MO,
Jennifer (Richard) Obertino, of Ladue, MO,
and Jill (Jonathan) Pauly of St. Cloud, MN;
nine grandchildren, Jack Lamie, Reid Lamie, Riley Obertino,
Calvin Palucci, Olivia Pauly, Nathan Obertino,
Tyler Obertino, Sofia Pauly, and Chase Palucci;
beloved nieces and nephews, Gary Drewing, Rusty Drewing,
Laura Roberson, Lynn Born, Cindy Anders, John Palucci,
Joseph Schall, Mary Wingenbach, and Thomas Schall;
and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Palucci, Ginny Drewing, and Lynn Hespen.

Memorials may be made to HSHS Home Care and Hospice or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


11 Comments on Kenneth Palucci

Darrell Lucas said : Guest Report Mar 14, 2020 at 7:57 PM

Dear Sue, I'm very sorry to learn that Ken has passed. I remember well our service together at Scott AFB in the SY shop and Ken's work on automation programs for AWS. He was truly one of the 'good guys,"

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Alexander Stientjes said : Guest Report Mar 14, 2020 at 12:27 AM

My condolences to the Palucci Family.

  • Defiance
  • MO
Roger and Doreen Klages said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2020 at 9:52 PM

Several years of serving together in the 1500th CPUSS and as contractors. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  • O"Fallon
  • Illinois
Pat Robertson said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2020 at 9:35 PM

Dear Sue, I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Ken. I wish you strength for the coming days and nights. Relish the joy of the beautiful family you and Ken built together. Hugs and love to all of you. Pat

  • Sullivan
  • Mo
Bill Lawrence said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2020 at 7:20 PM

Our condolences. My association with Ken go back to when we were in the 1500th together and when I first retired and came back here. He will be missed.

  • IL
Carol Robertson said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2020 at 4:24 PM

Dear Sue and family, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. Ken was a delightful man and I’m so glad I was able to meet him and share good fellowship. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Carol

  • Sedalia
  • Mo
Doug and Karen Story said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2020 at 3:04 PM

Sue and family, Karen and I are extremely sad to hear about Ken passing away. I have known Ken for over 35 years and was proud to have served with Ken in the Air Force at Scott AFB. I enjoyed playing golf with Ken the past several years. Ken never worried about the score, he just liked being out and having a good time. Ken's golf allowed us to see you and Ken at the annual Christmas Golf Luncheon. We will cherish those memories. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Doug Story

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Dawn Verachtert said : Guest Report Mar 13, 2020 at 3:46 AM

I am very sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  • Palatine
  • IL
Todd Behne said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2020 at 9:53 PM

Our deepest sympathies to Sue and family. Todd & Patricia

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Butch and Karen Etheridge said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2020 at 9:29 PM

Sue and Family We were sadden to hear of Ken's passing. We met Ken though our son Patrick when they worked together. After retirement I got to share some good times on the golf course and even roomed with him on our annual golf outing. Ken was alway willing to share his tomatoes and green peppers with us from his gardens. Rest in peace my friend and keep hitting straight even though we don't hit them far any longer. Butch and Karen Etheridge

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Cindy Haagenson said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2020 at 8:23 PM

My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Jill.

  • Richmond
  • MN (Minnesota)

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