Obituaries and Death Notices
of Sangamon County, Illinois

K - Surnames

Calvin K. Kelly
Calvin K. Kelly, 87, of Ashland went to be with the Lord Jesus on Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2011, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. He was born April 22, 1924, in Centuria, Wis.; the son of Glen and Alice Gilliand Kelly. He married Joyce Jeannette Carroll on Sept. 16, 1948, in Plainfield, Iowa, and she survives. He is also survived by four daughters, Marcia Lynn Abeln (husband, Dennis L.) of Salisbury, Mo., Patsy Carroll Kelly (husband, Dr. Harvey D. Mack) of Jacksonville, Mellanie Jean Timmerman (husband, Kevin K.) of LaCrosse, Wis., and Lana Jo Pfaffe (husband, Jeff C.) of Ashland; a son, Timothy Grant Kelly of Ashland; 15 grandchildren, Justin A. Locke and Kendall Locke, both of Glasgow, Mo., Jeremy B. Locke of Salisbury, Mo., Jonathan C. Locke and Jodie Locke, both of Macon, Mo., Shawn Kelly Mack and Patrick Kelly Mack, both of Jacksonville, Maura Jayne Timmerman of Tempe, Ariz., Kelly Vaughn Timmerman of LaCrosse, Wis., Michael F. Copley and Sarah Copley, both of Athens, Haley Catherine Pfaffe and Lauren Alyse Pfaffe, both of Ashland, Grant Thomas Kelly and Erin Leigh Kelly, both of Ashland; 5 great-grandchildren, Ainsley, Paisley, Rafe and Emma Locke and Wesley Copley; a brother, Boyd Kelly of Waverly, Iowa; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elaine Kelly; and three brothers, Emery, Alton and Wayne Kelly. Mr. Kelly was a graduate of Nashua (Iowa) High School. Upon graduation he began a career centered on agri-business. He began with a construction job building grain elevators and later managed a grain elevator in Greene, Iowa. He was engaged in trucking, livestock farming, insurance and real estate sales, and selling IH farm equipment. Calvin and Joyce lived in north central Iowa until 1968 when the family moved to Prentice and Calvin was employed by FS. He later embarked on a distinguished career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, retiring as a district sales manager. In his retirement, Calvin served as a school bus driver, worked part time for Newell Farms, and enjoyed camping excursions with his family. Calvin formerly served as Mayor of Greene, Iowa, while residing in that community and enjoyed barbershop singing with the SPEBSQSA in Mason City, Iowa. He was a dedicated member of Ashland United Methodist Church, participated with the Menard County Singers in Petersburg and formerly served on the Ashland Library Board. He was determined to attend as many events as possible which featured his grandchildren and was a semi-professional mover of children and grandchildren all across the Midwest. His last few months were spent at the Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville and he leaves many friends and wonderful caregivers there. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Ashland United Methodist Church in Ashland with burial at Yatesville Cemetery, west of Prentice. The family will meet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksoville, IL

William Howard Kelso
William Howard Kelso, 91, of Pleasant Plains, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1919, in LaSalle, to Collette Mary (Scanlon) Kelso and Alexander Joseph Kelso. Mr. Kelso is survived by his wife, Jeanne Steele Kelso, whom he married April 22, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Gloria Gae (Gerdes) Kelso; by his wife of 25 years, Rita Mae j(Dempsey) Kelso; a son, Aaron Wade Kelso; a grandson; a brother, Robert Durkin Kelso; a sister in infancy; and a nephew. He is also survived by 11 children, Gregory James Kelso, Kitty Ann Leonard, Mary Kim Kelso Leonard (husband, Patrick), Kris Patricia Schnapp, Kelly Marie Lord, James Robert Kelso, Gregory C. Kelso (wife, Lisa), Kelvin Kelso, Stephanie Ann Darnell, William Durkin Kelso (wife Susan) and Patrick Howard Kelso; two stepchildren, Richard Rock Wood and Kelly Jean Wood; a brother, Doctor Alex J. Kelso; 21 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; two nieces; and a nephew. In addition to his family, Mr. Kelso leaves behind dear friends, current and former employees, insurance professionals and business associates, all of whom Mr. Kelso never forgot helped him achieve his dreams and life-fulfilling accomplishments. To all, Mr. Kelso remains eternally grateful. Mr. Kelso served four years with the U.S. Navy during WW II. He later began and pioneered in the property and casualty insurance industry with his father, Alexander Joseph Kelso, and then with Kurt Hitke & Conmpany. He began his own insurance business insuring motorcycles nationwide as American Cycle Agency and specialty insurance risks through Special Insurance Services, Inc. Mr. Kelso, through Special Insurance Services, Inc., acquired and later sold First Financial Insurance Company, creating then Springfield Fire & Casualty Company, achieving and maintaining A+ and A (Excellent) rating standards, respectively, within the insurance industry. He sold his insurance operations to his son, William Durkin Kelso, and his associates in 2009. Mr. Kelso was a member of St. Augustine Parish in Ashland. He enjoyed playing golf and gaming during his frequent travels to Las Vegas. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Ashland, with burial at Pleasant Plains Cemetery. The family will meet friends at the church from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. A prayer service will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the visitation. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Christina Kerst
Died, at noon Saturday, March 4, at the family residence, 1420 South Eleventh street, Christina Kerst, aged 14 years, 6 months and 1 day. Death was caused by lung trouble.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Kerst, one sister and two brothers. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at the family residence.  Services will be conducted by Rev. M. F. Troxell, pastor of Grace Lutheran church.  Those wishing to view the remains may do so between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow. [Springfield Sunday Journal (Springfield, IL) – Sunday, March 5, 1899]

James R. Kessinger

James R. Kessinger, 68, of Jacksonville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, on his brother's farm near Murrayville. He was born March 3, 1943, in rural Winchester, the son of Floyd and Treva Daniels Kessinger. Surviving are a daughter, Patti (Joe) Saxer and stepdaughter Yvette (John) West, both of Jacksonville; a brother, Jerry Kessinger of Murrayville, a sister, Jeanne (Howard) Wilson of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Cassi Ruyle, Cydny and Carmyn Saxer, all of Jacksonville; stepgrandchildren, Eden and Caleb West, both of Jacksonville; nephews David (Cheryl) Kessinger of Jacksonville and Dan (Linda) Kessinger of Kentucky; and great-nephews and niece, Jake, Josh and Jenna Kessinger, all of Jacksonville. Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Daniel (surviving wife, Joyce) Kessinger of Murrayville; and a sister, Carolyn Kessinger. Early on, Jim worked at Wareco as did his brothers and nephews. Jim was employed by the State Hospital, working more than 35 years in the laundry before retiring. He served in the Army during the Vietnam conflict. Jim was a commercial fisherman and sold fish and firewood to many people in the Jacksonville area. Some will remember him as their junk man and others their egg man. He was a handyman, doing mowing and odd jobs for many people who will miss him. Jim loved the outdoors, hunting his whole life. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. Jim was brought up in the Assembly of God Church in Winchester and was a member of the Church of New Covenant. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at the Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Winchester with Rev. Phillip Dunn officiating. Casket bearers were Joshua Kessinger, Jake Kessinger, Ben Chaney, David Kessinger and Jeremy Stewart. Interment was held 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at the Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Betty Jean Kiper
Betty Jean Kiper, 83, of Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Mason City Area Nursing Home. She was born on Aug. 19, 1928, in Petersburg to George Lee and Minnie Mae (Fairow) Sherren. She married James W. Kiper. He preceded her in death. She is survived by four daughters, Sandra (Steven) Dierks of Petersburg, Frieda (Bub) McCoy of Arenzville, Margaret (Mike) Todd of Springfield and Jean Kiper of Mason City; two sons, Vernon (Brenda) Kiper of Lincoln and John Kiper of Petersburg; one sister, Maxine Reller of Silvis; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; three children, Sharon, Karen and James Michael Kiper; two brothers; and one sister. Betty had worked at the National Bank of Petersburg and for the State of Illinois. She enjoyed reading doing crosswords, canning garden produce and spending time with her grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Hurley Funeral Home in Petersburg is in charge of arrangements. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Mary M. Kitchens

Mary Margaret Kitchens, 61, of Hobbs, NM died Thursday. March 18, 2010, at her residence, She was born on June 3, 1948 in Springfield, IL. Memorial services will be held 10 a.m., Monday, March 22, 2010, at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.  [Hobbs News Sun, 20 Mar 2010, Submitted by Erny Long]

Jemima Knight
Died, Friday morning, Sept. 23, 1904, at the family residence, 2250 East Laurel street, of cancer of the stomach, Mrs. Jemima Knight, aged 77 years, 1 month and 23 days. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence. Rev. Merton W. Ross will officiate. The interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery. Mrs. Knight was one of the oldest residents of this city, having come here May 15, 1866, and making this her home ever since. She was born in Oatheny, Summersetshire, England [sic]. She was engaged in market gardening for thirty-seven years. Mrs. Knight is survived by her husband, George Knight; one daughter, Mrs. John Canham; one sister, Mrs. Rhoda Eddington; four grandchildren: George, Lewis, Cleve, and Minnie Canham; two great-grandchildren, George and Charles Canham; three nieces, Mrs. William Nattleton, Mrs. John Davis of Springfield, and Mrs. George Mead of New Orleans, La.; and one nephew, Thomas Bearington of Poneto, Ind."   [Illinois State Journal, 9/24/1904, p. 6, Springfield, IL, Contributed by Carla Leber]

George Knight

Died, at 8:20 o'clock Friday night, March 3, 1911, at the residence, 2238 East Laurel street, of a complication of diseases, George Knight, aged 78 years. The remains will be taken today to the residence of the decendent's [sic] daughter, Mrs. John Canham, Taylor avenue and Laurel street, where the funeral will be held at a time to be announced later. The decendent was born in Somerton, Somersetshire, England, and came to Springfield 43 years ago. The last forty years he has been occupied as a gardener. His daughter, four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren survive."   [Illinois State Journal, 3/04/1911, p. 9, Springfield, IL, Contributed by Carla Leber]

Margaret Ann Kreis

Margaret Ann Kreis, 60, of Springfield died Monday at Memorial Medical Center.
She was born April 28, 1936, in Springfield, the daughter of Fred and Margaret Fehrholz Kespelher.
She married Carroll G. Kreis in 1955. A lifelong Springfield resident, she was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and AARP.
Survivors: husband, Carroll; two daughters, Brenda S. James and Nancy E. Bell, both of Springfield;
three sons, Richard K. Kreis of Litchfield, Ron M. Kreis of Mesa, AZ., and Mark A. Kreis of
Springfield; eight grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Huber of New Port Ritchie, Fla.; three aunts;
several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services: 11:30 A.M. Thursday at Staab Funeral Home, the Rev. Thomas Radtke officiating. Burial:
Camp Butler National Cemetery.
In loving memory of Margaret Ann Kreis
April 28, 1936 -- December 16, 1996
Funeral services
11:30 A M Thursday, December 19, 1996 - Staab funeral home
Officiating clergy: Rev Thomas Radtke
Burial: Camp Butler National Cemetery, Clearly township, Sangamon county Illinois
[The State Journal Register, Springfield Illinois, December 17, 1996 - Sub. by Carroll G. Kreis]

Alice Buecker Krell
Alice Buecker Krell, 95, was given her Crown of Glory on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. She was born Sept. 19, 1916, in Springfield, to Calvin and Martha Hoffee Buecker. She married Frank W. Krell on July 2, 1938, and he preceded her in death Sept. 29, 1995. Her parents; and her brother, Ralph Buecker, also preceded her in death. Alice attended Enos, Independence and Trinity grade schools and graduated from Springfield High School. She was an accomplished pianist and played for the Springfield High School Choir and Orchestra. She began teaching piano lessons at age 16 and later in life taught piano in her home. She was active in 4-H and at age 17, was a representative to the 4-H Congress held in Chicago. She and her husband farmed for four years at Alexander, and then moved to a farm north of Pawnee, where they lived for 35 years. They moved to Springfield in 1974. After her husband passed away, she moved into Concordia Village (Founders Wing) where she enjoyed her stay for 7 years. The past 8 years, she was a resident of the Regency Nursing Care where she was cared for by many loving and compassionate people. Alice was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield, and a current member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham where she served as the church organist for several years. She worked part-time at various places. She worked at Lindley's florist, was a substitute school bus driver, was a teacher's assistant at Chatham Elementary School, worked at Myer's Brothers, Land of Lincoln Insurance Co., and Skaggs Bridal Center. Alice was a 4-H leader and a member of the Sangamon County Home Bureau. She and her husband volunteered many hours of service to Lutheran High School. They enjoyed many bus trips. Alice loved playing the piano, working with flowers and spending time with her family. Surviving is her son, Charles C. "Chuck" (wife, Reva) Krell of Springfield, (formerly of Jacksonville), her daughter, Jan (husband, Jerry) Parris of Sherman; four grandchildren, Heather Krell and Andy (wife, Marilyn) Krell, both of Springfield, Bill Chorn of Marietta, Ga., and Amanda (husband, Brad) Baughman of Sherman; three great-grandchildren, Brittany Chorn, Taylor Bettis and Zack Chorn; two sisters, Wilma Scaife of Springfield and Jeanette (husband, Bill) Maurer of Des Moines, Iowa; and her brother, Roger (wife, Peggy) Buecker of Springfield. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Monday until time of funeral servies at 7 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Concordia Village (on the Campus of Concordia Village, 4101 W. Iles, Springfield). The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Radtke, and the Revs. Clarence Rogers and Jonathan Vierkant officiating. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]


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