Kenneth "Kenny" Mixer, 81, of Quincy, formerly of Pittsfield, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 25, 2014) in his home.
Kenny was born in Pittsfield on Oct. 1, 1932, a son of Leroy Victor and Cora I. Thornton Mixer. Kenny married Diana Lewis on July 19, 1984, in Palmyra, Mo., and she survives.
Kenny was a veteran of the United States Army
, serving from 1952-1954.
He worked for the Miles Drug Store in Pittsfield as a pharmacist for over 20 years. In 1980, he joined Best Buy Homecare and worked until his retirement. From 1988-2010, Kenny and Diana owned and operated the Mixer's Industrial Commercial Cleaners Inc. He also was a bus driver for the Quincy Public Schools system.
He was a 50-year 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Pittsfield Masonic Lodge 790 A.F.&A.M, a 51-year member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post 152, a past member of the Pittsfield Junior Chamber of Commerce and served as an alderman for the Pittsfield City Council. While living in Pittsfield, Kenny was an elder for the Pittsfield Christian Church and also was a Sunday school teacher for seventh and eighth graders and a former Little League coach. Kenny attended The Crossing Church in Quincy.
He enjoyed gardening, boating, camping, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Diana; two children, Matthew (Kelly) Mixer of Gilbert, Ariz., and Julie (John) Holm of Chatham; two stepchildren, Bobby (Michelle) Lewis Jr. and Terry (Wendy) Sheets Sr., both of Quincy; four grandchildren, Brock Dace of Springfield, Kyle (Amanda) Dace of Springfield, Taylor Dace, a student at Olivet Nazarene University, and Adam Holm of Chatham; stepgrandchildren, Jayden Lewis, Hayley Lewis, Terry Sheets Jr., Jesse Sheets and Brittney Schieter, all of Quincy, and Ashleigh (Camden) Poole of Springfield; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Brooklyn Sheets and Remy Poole.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents and his only sister, Dorothy.
SERVICES: 2 p.m. Saturday in the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Clint Weir conducting. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield with graveside military honors accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 and a military funeral honor guard.
VISITATION: Noon until 2 p.m. Saturday with Masonic services being held at 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home conducted by Pittsfield Lodge 790 A.F.&A.M.
MEMORIALS: The Crossing Church of Quincy or Pittsfield Masonic Lodge 790.
ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home.