Kennethneth E. Henry, age 93, of Greenville passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. A Masonic Service will be conducted Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Young Funeral Home. Friends may call Wednesday, December 7, 2016 after 6 PM at Young Funeral Home. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Greenville Masonic Lodge #245 AF & AM or the DeMoulin Museum.
Kenneth was born July 27, 1923 in Vandalia, IL to Archie Stilts and Lottie Ertle (Diveley) Henry. He married Esther Violet Abernathy of Carlyle on September 4, 1948 in Hernando, MS. He is survived by his wife Esther of Greenville, his children Pamela (Syd) Safriet of O’Fallon, IL, Michael (Melisa) Henry of Woburn, IL, and Jan (Don) Dalenberg of Pocahontas, IL, six grandchildren, one step- grandchild, twelve great grandchildren, and 2 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister Norma Jean Runkel.
Kenneth grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from February 20, 1942 to October 26, 1945 and in 2009 he was privileged to participate in the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. After the service, he went to work for Western Electric, retiring from Illinois Bell (AT&T) in 1986. He lived in Carlyle, IL for a time and then moved to Cairo, IL. He moved to Greenville in 1968. He was a member and past master of The Cairo Masonic Lodge and Greenville Lodge #245 AF & AM. He was a member of Pocahontas Gordon Lodge #473. He belonged to The Scottish Rite Bodies, Ainad Temple, and was a charter member of the Bond County Shrine Club. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. and a past member of the Bond County Fair Board. He attended the Greenville First Christian Church.