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Kenneth L. Whittington


1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth Loyd Whittington, known to all as Kenny, 85, St. Clair, departed this life Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his home.

Kenny was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Carbondale, Ill., the son of Kenneth Guy Whittington and wife Mabel, nee Brooks. On Aug. 30, 1952, he was united in marriage to Jo Ruth Green, and one son came to bless this union.

Kenny was a Christian and longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Clair. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army, entering Feb. 13, 1953, and receiving his honorable discharge Feb. 2, 1955. He was a member of American Legion Post 347 of St. Clair. He also was a member and past exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 2651 in St. Clair. Kenny was a mail carrier by trade and worked in East St. Louis, Ill., retiring after over 30 years of employment. Since his retirement, Kenny's favorite pastime was fishing, especially on Lake St. Clair. He was a people person and truly enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends, and many wonderful memories have been created.

Kenny is survived by his wife, Jo Whittington, St. Clair; one daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Whittington, Belleville, Ill.; one granddaughter, Lisa Whittington-Devoy and husband Robert Tynan III, known to all as Tynan, Berthoud, Colo.; one brother, Sidney Whittington and wife Delores, Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Nancy Peters and husband Jim, Nashville, Ind., and Sherrie Royer and husband Ronald, Belleville, Ill.; his siblings-in-law, Faye Buerk, Wood River, Ill., Jim Green and wife Sue, Maryville, Ill., and Dennis Green and life companion Vickie, East Carondelet, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Mark Whittington, known to all as Mark; his parents, Kenneth G. and Mabel Whittington; and one sister, Janet McCowan.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with Pastor John Rhoads officiating.

Interment, with full military honors, was held at Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair.

Memorials may be made to the Elks Lodge 2651 Scholarship Fund, St. Clair.

Arrangements were in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on June 2, 2018
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