Ted L. Kendrick, 92, of Melvin, died 4 a.m. Friday (March 2, 2018) at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, where he had been a resident for over four years.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Melvin United Methodist Church with Pastor Douglas Lee and Pastor Elizabeth Reis officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Melvin Cemetery. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements.
Ted was born May 31, 1925, in East St. Louis to M.I. and Marguerite Linn Kendrick. He married D. Catherine (Cathy) Quinlan on Aug. 8, 1948, in LaGrange. She preceded him in death March 29, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving are two daughters, Judy (Bill) Wurglitz, Essex, and Lynn (Al) Rusch, East Peoria; three sons, David (Carol) Kendrick, Muskegon, Mich.; Ed (Tammy) Kendrick, Melvin; and Mike (Donna) Kendrick, Roberts; five granddaughters, Dr. Colleen (Andy) Kraft, Decatur, Ga.; Natalie (Nick) Armstrong, Muskegon, Mich.; Carolyn (Steven) Carter, Arlington Heights; Erika Kendrick, Champaign; Rachel (Johnny) Stewart, Roberts; six grandsons, Michael (Beka) Wurglitz, Mount Vernon; Steve Kendrick, Paxton; Kevin Kendrick, Roberts; Brian Kendrick, Paxton; Joseph Kendrick, U.S. Army, deployed in Poland; and Jonathan Kendrick, Melvin; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Frances Kendrick, Oak Brook.
Ted served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agriculture and farmed for over 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling and growing fruit trees.
He was a member of Melvin United Methodist Church, Melvin VFW, Gibson City and Melvin-Sibley school boards, and was a founding member of the FILM Co-op.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital Annex.