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Kenneth Lee Litchfield

d. November 8, 2018

Kenneth Lee Litchfield, age 71, of Athens, passed away on, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Kenneth was born March 7, 1947 in Streator, IL the son of Kenneth and Leila Guderjan Litchfield.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; one step son, Tony (Stacey) Lee; one step daughter, Tanya (Jason) Shadle; one brother; Don (Patty) Litchfield; two step grandsons, Aiden and Evan Lee; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth is preceded in death by both parents, and one nephew, Benjamin Kenneth Litchfield.

He served in the United States Army for 2 years.

Kenny graduated from Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Biology.

In 1991, Kenneth married Nancy Novotny and they spent 27 wonderful years together.

Kenney worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a biologist for over 25 years.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 11 AM at the Athens United Methodist Church.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Rev. Paulette Cott will be officiating.

Because of his love of God’s nature of wildlife, plants and animals, memorials can be given to the “Sierra Club.”


  1. So. Sorry to hear about Kenneth. I will be praying for you and your family.

  2. Nancy,
    Please accept our condolences on the loss of Ken. He fought a brave battle. We are praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Rest assured that God is with you and your family now and forever.
    Don and Sharon Porter

  3. Nancy, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband; sending sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

  4. I am very sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Ken was a fellow graduate student at Illinois
    state U. We did many canoe trips together on the Mackinaw River with his brother Don. I remember we always had to stop at every plowed farm field and look for arrowheads. Whenever I asked him how far it was to the next stop, he would answer “…3 or 4 beers.” There are many good memories from those trips; one or two I thought we might never return from. The most memorable was a trip to the far north of Ontario down the Pipestone River.

  5. I am sorry for the loss of Ken for the Litchfield family. Ken’s first wife Jan was my sister. She passed in 2001. I enjoyed hearing the comment from Jon D. about driving distances measured by the number of beers. Ken would often take drives in the country and have a few along the way. Again I am sorry to hear of his passing. Paul Adami

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