Kenneth Carrigan
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Kenneth Carrigan
PEORIA - Kenneth F. Carrigan, 86, civic leader, son of Bernard and Bessie (nee Leroy); beloved husband of Joan Carrigan (nee Barrer); loving father of Tommy, Terry, and Danny & Pam (spouse); caring grandfather to Andrew, Elena, Justin, and Samantha Carrigan; three great grandchildren; dear brother to sisters Judith, Barbara Jean (deceased), brothers Lester and John (deceased); cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He lived in Peoria his entire life having grown up on Hurlburt Street on the south side. He enjoyed raising his family with Joan and pursued his career as a Local IBEW 34 journeyman electrician. He also owned several apartment properties around Bradley University. He honed civic leadership skills joining the Peoria Jaycees in 1964. He helped lead the campaign whereby in 1966 the citizens of Central Illinois voted to create the district that became Illinois Central College, a public comprehensive community college.
He volunteered as a guide for the Peoria Historical Society trolley tours for fifteen years. On a tour in 2008, a question about music sparked an idea gleaned from his childhood. When he was a kid, his family used to take a wicker basket of food to Springdale Cemetery on Sundays for enjoyment of a park-like setting. He remembered a steel-and-concrete platform at Soldier's Hill, overlooking a valley, which serves as a natural auditorium. As Peoria Municipal Band Chairman, he learned Springdale concerts took place whereby citizens would gather in the Peoria river valley to hear the band on that platform. On July 10, 2009, the Peoria Municipal Band presented a concert in Springdale Cemetery - the first time a band concert has been held there in 100 years.
He was the grand marshal of the 2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade, involved with the Saint Patrick Society of Peoria, Friends of Clonmel among others. He was an, active student, instructor and board member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University.
Private services and interment will be at Parkview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Church, Religious Organization, or charity of your choice. To share a memory or send a condolence for his family, visit www.peoriafuneral.com.
Published by Peoria Journal Star from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2020.
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Joan, just heard about Kenny’s passing through the PHS email and I’m so sorry for you and your family. You and Kenny kept our classmate email going for all these many years and it was always enjoyable to read about what everyone was doing. I’m sure it’s going to be hard for awhile but you have many memories to help you along. May God bless you.
Sondra (Sandy) Whitcomb Golden
Classmate
December 12, 2020
Dam, hope you get this... Thanks for sending me your family history & family background on he Carrigans in & around Peoria...YES, we are relted in some way, probably as cousins... I noticed my Dad, John Ambrose Carrigan & his family were listed... It was under Moris & Mary Carrigan... There were actually 11 children in my Dad's family, but only 8 survived... Jim's twin twin & another set of twins died at birth... That left Thomas; John, my Dad nicked named Bud; Katherin (Knapp) Carrigan; Edward nicked named Ted & his wife Marie Carrigan; Ji; Marie (Carrigan) Brennan); Jom; Alice (Carrigan (Frank &; Margarette (Grow) Carrigan... Jim was not married & his twin & another set of twins died at birth,so only 8 survied... My wife, Dolores (Peters)Carrigan & our 3 children, Charlene; Joseph & Thomas were alll born in Peoria & we had a job related moethat brought us to Wisconsin in the early 60's., living in several cities, before retiring here in Wisconsin Rapids some 26 years ago... I must have lost your phonr number & email address... Please send it to me it ou so choose...Regaards, John F. (Jack) Carrigan 1-715-423-4820 -Email: [email protected]








John (Jack) Carrigan
Family
December 9, 2020
Kenneth Carrigan family.... Was forwarded Kenneth's Obit. from a friend of mine in Peoria... I am 89years old & living in Wisconsin Rapids, WI... email: [email protected] I was born in Peoria on 7-6-1931 to John A. & Rosella (Murphy) Carrigan & Kenneth. whom I don't recall, must have been a cousin of mine somewhere in the many Carrigan's living in Peoria... I left Peoriai the eaarly 60''s with my fsmily & have been in Wisconsin ever since... All of my immeidiate family are deceased, although do have some cousins still alive in Peoria... My sympaathy for your loss of Keenth & may he R.I.P. John F. (Jack) .Carrigan (715) 423-4820....
John F. (Jack) Carrigan
Family
December 7, 2020
I am so sorry to learn about Ken's passing. I worked with Ken on a few occasions through the years. Both of us were Local 34 members, also Peoria High alums. We would share stories and laughs about bygone high school days. We even had some of the same teachers, all though 15 years apart. Ken was a great guy to know; I consider him a friend and will miss him. Bill Greene Lakewood, Colorado
Bill Greene
Coworker
December 6, 2020
RIP Kenny and prayers with the Carrigan family. Our paths and efforts crossed often. Many great civic efforts and many opportunities to move the community forward. The most serious of those discussions ended with a handshake and a smile. We were certainty all blessed by Kenny.
December 6, 2020
Many years ago had the pleasure of being next door neighbors to Ken and Joan. Our friendship remained a gift over the years I love them both and will miss Kenny. His positivity was infectious. And we shared many interests Much love to Joan
John Carlson
Friend
December 5, 2020
My husband and I, both Peoria Historical Society guides, took Kenny to lunch one day, just to hear more of his stories about Peoria, back in the day. We loved his "Naughty-to-Nice" tours where he frequently went "off-script" with personal anecdotes. He lived a long and interesting life among Peoria's Southside Irish. (According to John, Kenny would probably have shared even more stories if I hadn't been present! Ha!)
Marilyn Leyland
Friend
December 5, 2020
Tommy, Danny and Terry my deepest sympathies for your family. Many memories on Gilbert Street. May your father rest in heaven.
Lori Peffer Loree
Friend
December 5, 2020
We have been gone from the Peoria area for many years, but remember Kenny from Osher. We attended classes there for many years and served on committees. We always enjoyed Kenny and working with him. We will not be able to attend any services. Shalom to the family and be well.
Jerrold R. Asal & Joanne M. Asal
Friend
December 5, 2020
It was such a pleasure sitting at the same table with Kenny and Joan at an IBEW Awards Dinner, several years ago. In talking to them, I discovered they were Tommy's parents. Tommy prepared the flowers for my wedding, many years earlier. Finding Tommy unforgettable, I could see the reason reflected in the bright eyes, sharp wit and delightful conversation with his parents. It was a memorable evening.

Joan, I offer my most sincere sympathy. Having lost my husband several years ago, I send you love, support and courage to face the daunting time ahead. It is tough, but I know you will make it, hour by hour, sometimes minute by minute. I am praying for you.

For the kids, you sure had a great papa. When in doubt, do what he would have done.
Ruthann Cowell
December 4, 2020
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