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Magee, Kenneth

d. December 11, 2012

Kenneth Emmerson Magee, 88, of Petersburg, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg, Illinois. He was born on October 9, 1924, in Oakford, Illinois, the eighth child of Roscoe Conklin Magee and Sophia Dorothea Friederica Wernowsky. He married the love of his life, Mary June Tibbs, on June 24, 1944, in Petersburg, and she preceded him in death on November 27, 1998. He was also preceded in death by his three brothers, Samuel, Floyd, and Arthur and his four sisters, Sophia, Blanche, Silvia and Wilma.

Kenneth is survived by three daughters, Jan E. Firth (Bill) of Springfield, Nancy J. Richardson (Jim) of Kilbourne, and Connie S. Magee of Springfield, and one son, Charles L. Magee (Mary), of Petersburg; six grandchildren, Kevin Firth (Michele) of Springfield, MO, Kelly (Firth) Hatfield (Todd) of Monument, CO, Angela (LeMar) Marr (Jason) of Pleasant Plains, Jason LeMar (Jessica) of Petersburg, Stephanie (Magee) Webster (Tony) of Springfield and Rebecca (Magee) Pluta (Jim) of Crofton, MD, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Kenneth and his late wife joined St. Paul’s Church in Petersburg in 1983. He began farming in 1942, when he was a junior in high school and retired from farming in 1990. He volunteered for many years at St. Paul’s Church, delivering meals on wheels, and with the Menard County Food Pantry. For years, Kenneth answered the call to care for his family members, neighbors and friends and he will be sadly missed by so many.

Visitation will be held from 4-7pm on Friday, December 14, at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 15, at 10:30am, at St. Paul’s Church in Petersburg and burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s EFC or the Menard County Food Pantry.


  1. Connie Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please accept my prayers and heart-felt sympathy for you and your family. He was a good man, loving father,and will be missed by many.

  2. Connie, we were all so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Staff at Laketown Elementary School

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