Kenneth P. Bakley Jr.
19$( - 2020
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Kenneth P. Bakley, Jr

Born: April 14, 1949

Died: November 18, 2020

Kenneth P. Bakley, Jr, 71 of Huntley, died peacefully, November 18, 2020 with his family by his side.

Ken was born April 14, 1949 in Elgin, the son of Kenneth P "Timer" and Joan E. Bakley. He graduated from Huntley High School in 1967 and enlisted in the US Navy. Ken's knowledge and experience in construction led him to become a Seabee as a 3rd class petty officer serving in Okinawa from 1967-1969 building runways for B52 bombers. Following his time in the service Ken returned to Huntley to work with his father "Timer" to run Bakley Construction until his passing in 1986. At the age of 37 Ken continued to fulfill the vision he shared with his father.

Ken was wise, bold, fearless and a natural born thrill seeker learning to fly ultra-lights, riding his Harley, traveling to the Florida Keys to scuba dive and fish. Traveling to the Amazon to catch Peacock Bass, experiencing Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, sailing with friends in the Caribbean, spending his off time in Costa Rica sport fishing and enjoying all the exotic wildlife. Ken enjoyed hunting with his son and spending time with his family. Ken was a kind man. Strong and unwavering, always took things head on and without hesitation would help anyone that needed him, his generosity was endless. Ken was a thinker with a vision for development just like his father and over the years worked very closely with the town of Huntley contributing to the growth of his community. His greatest passion was the gravel pit working with his son and several other family members. On any given day Ken could be found operating any machine from a backhoe to a loader, whatever it took to get the job done. His family is so very proud of the legacy Ken has left behind and will continue to work together in his honor.

He was the proud father of Kenneth Bakley, III, and Mathew Bakley. Loving grandpa to Autumn and Violet Bakley. He was blessed with his siblings, Kathleen P. Jensen (Carl Jensen, Sr.), Douglas C. Bakley, Cindy Jo Bakley (Randy Sikula), and Bernice A. Bakley (Tim Roberson). He was a cherished uncle to Carl Jr. (Katie), Michael (Nikki), Brittany, T.J., Noah, great "Uncle Dudley" to Elijah, and his loving care giver Lucy.He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his nephew Ronald Reh Jr.

Due to social distancing requirements in place with the COVID-19 pandemic, a drive through viewing/visitation will take place at DeFiore Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 11:00am until 4:00pm. All people paying their respects are always asked to remain in their cars while in line at the funeral home and follow the signage in the funeral home parking lot. A private family service will be held. Burial will be at Huntley Cemetery.

Ken was a lifelong member of the American Legion of Huntley and the First Congregational Church of Huntley; in lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the First Congregational Church of Huntley.

For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on line condolences may be directed to

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Published in Northwest Herald from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Steve and Carol Goehl
November 23, 2020
Dear Bakley Family,
My sincere condolences to all of you. Kenny has been a part of my life ever since we were in grade school. We had great fun, many memories and his smile was so contagious ! I know you will miss him greatly and so will the many friends he made over his lifetime. May your memories give you comfort in the days to come. Sincerely, Faye Marlowe
Faye Marlowe
November 22, 2020
Such sad news. We will miss Kenny’s wry sense of humor and generous heart. And Tom will miss bumping into Kenny at the Post Office. Our sincere condolences to Kenny’s family.
Tom and Barb Conley
November 22, 2020
To My Dear friend Ken Bakley, your memory will live on Ken in my heart Brother, for all the times you chose our friendship over business, your trip to Ireland in August 1998 For my wedding, to our trip to Belize and our sharing stories and business strategies And stories for 23 yrs and entertaining all the people I brought to meet you. Thank you Kenny and with a big lump in my throat I say farewell My friend for now...I know You are with your Mom and Dad in Heaven now. Prayers for comfort for all your family who loved you dearly missing you unbearably today. RIP,Your Friend Paul Dillon
Paul Dillon
November 21, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. We had some good times in high school in good old Huntley. It was great to see Kenny at our last class reunion. He will be missed.
Carol (Thorstensen) Von Bosse
November 21, 2020
Dearest Bakley family,
such a terrible loss to your family and the Huntley community. So many fond memories from childhood to adulthood. I'll miss him terribly.
Penny (Ruth) Warner
November 21, 2020
Our deepest condolences for the Bakley family. Kenny was a leader and patriarch of one of Huntleys founding families. He had a great and dry sense of humor and a impish grin. Good Speed Kenny! You are already missed! ❤❤

The Funk Family
Doug and Jan “the brick lady”
Janet Funk
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