EAST PEORIA - Kenneth C. Hamann, 86, of East Peoria passed away at 6:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1926, in Groveland Township, Ill., to Charles and Nora (Warren) Hamann. He married Jane L. Taylor on July 24, 1949, in Peoria, Ill. She preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 2008.
His parents, four sisters, two brothers, one great-grandson and one son-in-law also preceded him in death.
Surviving are six children, Pamela Dowds of Pekin, Dennis Hamann of Peoria, Gwen (Tim) Bradley of East Peoria, Mark (Aileen) Hamann of East Peoria, Gail (Roy) Griffith of Morton and Kirk (Alisa) Hamann of East Peoria. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Kenneth served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946 after receiving the Purple Heart.
He worked as a steamfitter for many years, retiring in 1983.
He was a member of the Steamfitters Union Local 353 for over 65 years. He was a lifetime member of the National Home, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Hearts No. 175, AMVETS Post 64, VFW 2078 and the Forty and Eight Club. He was a member of the Izaak Walton in Spring Bay and the Masonic Lodge No. 52.
Kenneth loved gardening, antiques and his two dogs, Gracie and Jack. He also served as the Flag Chairman for the VFW 2078 for many years.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, Ill. Burial will follow the service in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.
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