Kenneth "Kenny" Bloyd
CANTON - Kenneth "Kenny" Azel Bloyd, 64, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at his residence in Canton, Illinois.
He is survived by his sons, Nathan and Kyle (Alicia) Bloyd, both of Canton; ten grandchildren, Jesse Martinez, Addison Rogers (fiance, Tyler Noland), Cody Martinez, Devon Martinez, Blake Bloyd, Bradley Gerdom, Zion Bloyd, Brogan Smith, Noelle Bloyd and Truman Bloyd; four great-grandchildren, Gabriel Martinez, Noah Martinez, Lemmy Noland and Charley Noland; his mother, Rose Mary Bloyd of Lewistown; the mother of his children, Jeanine Standard of Canton; his loving partner, Geneva Becker of Lawn Ridge; his siblings, Kathy Burton of Canton, Greg (Pam) Bloyd of East Peoria and Glenda (Bart) Seward of Lewistown; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Danny Bloyd; and a son, Jeremy Ryan Bloyd.
He was born on September 9, 1956, at Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois, to Danny and Rose Mary (Sizek) Bloyd. He was a 1974 graduate of Lewistown Community High School. He worked for Mid-Century Telephone Co-Op for nearly two decades and was the minister of Bryant Christian Church in the 1980s.
In 1990, he resigned from Mid-Century and went back to school and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Religion at Eureka College. From there, he enrolled in a Dual Master's Program in Divinity and Social Work at the University of Chicago. After receiving his Master's Degree, he had a long career in ministry, chaplaincy, psychotherapy and social work in Canton and the surrounding community, which included the role as youth minister at Sunnyland Christian Church, full-time minister at Cuba Christian Church, a position as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Chaplain at Graham Hospital, a minister at First Congregational UCC in Canton, IL, Psychotherapy Department Manager at Mason District Hospital, and currently the chaplain at Spoon River Correctional Center.
Kenny truly loved his family, St. Louis Cardinal baseball, old cars, all things related to faith and religion, good humor, food and drink. He was passionate about learning anything new, presiding over weddings and funerals, and helping people cope with death and dying.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021, at the funeral home. The Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. A burial of ashes will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, IL. Memorials can be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, Serenity Point Hospice or Habitat for Humanity
. To make online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
Published by Peoria Journal Star from Jul. 11 to Jul. 13, 2021.