Kenneth H. Staley

Kenneth H. Staley, age 92 of Collinsville, IL, died Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, MO.

He was born on Monday, January 5, 1931, in Saint Louis, MO, the son of Henry and Lena (nee Reinacher) Staley.

On Saturday, May 1, 1954, he married Darlene Francis Staley, nee Frey, at St. Jacob E & R Church, St. Jacob, IL, who survives.

He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Collinsville, IL.

He was also a member of VFW Post #5694 (Life Member) and Woodmen of the World Camp #105.

Kenneth was born in St. Louis, MO on January 5, 1931. He and his family lived there until moving to Highland, IL. He attended Highland High School. Ken served with the US Army in the early 1950’s with duty in Korea. He worked for Stortz Surgical Instruments Ltd. for 20 years, manufacturing fine instruments for clock and watch repair. He later worked for Bach-Mueller Universal and then started Sur-Tool. He retired at age 63. He also operated a grain farm for a number of years. In his retirement, he did clock and watch repair out of his home. Ken enjoyed the outdoors and doing yard work. He was a collector of coins and stamps. Watches were his favorite thing to collect.

Survivors include: Wife – Darlene F. Staley, Collinsville, IL; Son – David O. (Kelly) Staley, Pontoon Beach, IL; Daughter – Dawn K. (Tom) Burg, Saint Jacob, IL; Grandchild – Nicolas T. Burg, Saint Jacob, IL; Step Grandchild – Theresa Davenroy, Saint Charles, MO; Nephew – Jeff (Sandy) Frey; Nephew – Greg Frey; Niece – Gwen (Bud) McKinnon; Niece – Peggy (Dave) Colgate; Nephew – Terry (Sara) Gross; Nephew – Danny (Mary) Gross; Niece – Tina (Jerry) Raske; Niece – Kim (Mark) Lou; Niece – Karen (Jerry) Orf.

He was preceded in death by: Father – Henry J. Staley; Mother – Lena K. Staley; Sister – Betty Gross – Died 2/5/2010; Brother-In-Law – Valley “Buddy” Gross – Died 5/25/2005; Sister – Gladys Frey – Died 9/18/2011; Brother-In-Law – Donald “Pete” Frey – Died 3/3/2000; Sister – Verla Moser – Died 12/13/2019; Brother-In-Law – Morris L. Moser – Died 3/25/2019; Niece – Jill Frey – Died 2/05/1990; Niece – Nancy Stanley (nee Michel)

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at St. Jacob United Church of Christ in St. Jacob, IL.

Funeral Service will be at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at St. Jacob United Church of Christ in Saint Jacob, IL, with Rev. Philip J. Barbier, pastor, St. Jacob United Church of Christ, officiating.

Interment will be at Keystone Cemetery in Saint Jacob, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jacob United Church of Christ, Keystone Cemetery or Jill Frey Scholarship Fund.

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