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Tibbs, Kenneth

d. January 4, 2015

Kenneth L. Tibbs, age 70, of Athens, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at his home.

He is survived by his wife Marsha; daughters, Teresa Rusk of Athens and Alison (Ryan) Southern of Decatur; three grandchildren, Ryan Rusk, Linley and Nathan Southern; siblings; Gwendolyn Tibbs of New Holland, Gary (Anita) Tibbs of Lincoln, and Janet (Zane) Shelton of Lincoln; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gwin and Erlene Tibbs and a brother, Don Tibbs.

Kenneth graduated from New Holland/Middletown High School in 1962.

He worked for the Lincoln City Police Department from 1972 thru 1984. Kenneth later was owner/operator for Tibbs Trucking for 5 years. He retired from SBC/AT&T after 20 years of service. Throughout his life Kenneth assisted numerous farmers in the central Illinois area during the spring and fall season.

He married Marsha J. Crews on November 25, 1967.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Army from 1966 thru 1967 during the Vietnam Conflict with the 534th Transporation Co.

He was active in Logan County 4-H from 1989 thru 1995. Kenneth enjoyed restoring antique Allis-Chalmers tractors and attending antique tractor shows. He was a member of the Athens Christian Church.

Kenneth and his grandson, Ryan, restored a 1993 Silverado 4X4 pick-up truck for Ryan’s sixteenth birthday. He enjoyed going on John Deere Gator rides with his grandchildren, Linley and Nathan.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Athens Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at that location on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Rev. Shane Baker will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. We are saddened and surprised to hear of Kenney’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that we will be praying for your family as you mourn.

  3. Marsha and kids I was so very sad to read of Kenneth’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. So sorry to read of Ken’s passing. We think of you often. Peace, until we meet again

  5. Rest in peace brother……Your “watch” has ended. God bless you!

  6. I was so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He always had a big smile to offer every day in PLR. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  7. Marsha and family, Sorry to hear of Kenney’s passing. Was a great friend and a great police officer. Worked with Ken at Lincoln Police Dept back in the 70’s. He loved country music and was always at the gigs that I played at around Lincoln and at the New Salem Country Opry. Your family is in our prayers.

  8. So sorry to read of Ken’s death. Our condolences to you and your family.

  9. Marsha, I was so sorry to read of Ken’s passing. May GOD guide you and comfort you during this time of sorrow. Please extend my condolences to your family. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

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