LEXINGTON - Kenneth R. McNeely, 70, Lexington, died at 5:20 a.m. Monday (May 8, 2006) at his residence.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, Lexington, with the Rev. Ray Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington, and one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lexington Schools, his church or the Community Cancer Center in Normal.
He was born Feb. 27, 1936, in Memphis, Mo., the son of Arthur Ray and Ruby Lucille Findley McNeely. He married Joanne F. McTague on Oct. 30, 1954, in Morris.
She survives along with six children, Peggy (Eli) Lahr, Normal; Kenneth D. McNeely, Pontiac; Karen Molck, Petersburg; Neal (Cindy Ludington) McNeely, Mesa, Ariz.; Janet (Jose) Osorio, Naperville; and Bonnie (Brian) Crook, Elmhurst; two sisters, Margaret (Richard) Aussem, Ottawa, and Mary (William) Jackson, Mahomet; and one brother, Robert (Kathryn) McNeely, Heyworth. There are 16 grandchildren, E. Andrew and Matthew Lahr; David and Kayla McNeely; Katie, Sara and Max Molck; Samantha and Austin McNeely; Benjamin, Isabel, Maya and Anne Osorio; and Rebecca, Brett and Brad Crook; and one great-granddaughter, Destinee Murphy.
His parents preceded him in death.
Ken moved to Illinois in 1937 with his parents. He attended a one-room schoolhouse in rural Morris through his grade school years. He then attended Center School for his junior high years and graduated from Morris Community High School. He also attended Joliet Junior College for three semesters. With a change in his job, he was forced to abandon college and turned instead to the insurance business. He joined Country Companies in 1959 and retired in 1997. The family moved to Lexington in 1965 and remained there.
Ken belonged to the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, where he taught high achool classes. He also belonged to the Jaycees and was a charter member of the Lexington Kiwanis Club.
He served on the Lexington School Board for 25 years and several years on the State Board of Education.
Ken was a former Cub Scout master. He received the Patriot Award given by the L.E.A.F. organization and the Spirit Award from the Kiwanis Club in 2005. He not only took care of his children but, endeavored to protect and further the education of all children.
Ken was loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and his partners at the round table.