KEWANEE - Kenneth E. “Kenny” Ripka, 74, of Kewanee, died at 1:51 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 22 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Rev. David Lorenzen will officiate. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and can be sent to Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, IL 61443.
He was born June 23, 1945 in Kewanee, the son of Donald W. and Minola N. (Lee) Ripka Sr. Survivors include his sister, Connie Sue Ripka of Kewanee, two nieces, Victoria (Tracey) Rosebeck and Catherine (Doug) VanDaele, both of Kewanee and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Donald Ripka Jr.
Kenny graduated from Wethersfield High School and was a lifelong resident of Kewanee. He farmed and had also worked at the Kewanee Boiler Company until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, farming and raising and showing rabbits in the Midwest.
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