Kenneth Albert Conkle, 73, of Elizabethtown, Illinois, passed away on January 8, 2016 at 6:22 a.m. at Hardin County General Hospital. He was born on January 22, 1942 in Elizabethtown, Illinois to Albert and Lorene Conkle. He is survived by four children, Debra and Paul Turner, Patty and Jeff Street, Penny Crowe, and JR and Lindsey Conkle. He will be greatly missed by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ken worked many jobs throughout his life. The Bunny Bread Company, Cleveland Flux Plant, Rosiclare City Manager, and Hardin County Funeral Home are just a few of those jobs. Ken also served his community by volunteering his time to the Rosiclare Fire Department, Hardin County Ambulance Service, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, Hardin County Coroner’s Office, and Rosiclare Summer Softball League.
Ken had several hobbies, but none matched his passion for golf. He was happiest when being at the golf course trying to win quarters from his golfing buddies. Ken passed along his love of sports and competition to his children. He enjoyed coaching and watching his children participate in various sports. He was always their #1 fan.
Ken surrendered his life to the Lord in his early 30’s. One of his favorite phrases to say was, “God is Good.” For many years, Ken served as a leader with the youth church camp each summer, making sure that the youth were able to enjoy their summer church camp experience, while sharing the Gospel to hundreds of youth over the years. Ken counseled and witnessed to many youth as they gave their lives to Christ at those church camps. He also led the song service at the First Apostolic Church and loved to sing praises to his Lord. Those that heard him sing over the years knew he loved to sing “How Great Thou Art” and he would “knock it out of the park”.
Family was very important to Ken. He loved his kids and grandkids very much and cherished the moments he spent with them. He also had a special relationship with his little dog, Heidi. He loved Heidi and would do anything for her.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lorene Conkle, along with his brother, Ed Conkle.
Card of Thanks
The children of Ken Conkle would like to show their sizable gratitude toward everyone that showed them comfort in their time of need. The overflow of cards, flowers, and acts of sympathy were greatly appreciated. A sincere thank you to the Hardin County General Hospital staff, Dr. Chatto, Dr. Sunga, and those friends that were there for their dad.
Gratefulness goes out to Bro. Butch Gowins, Bro. Roy Baker, and the staff at the Hardin County Funeral Home. You will never know how much you meant to us.
A special appreciation to the First Apostolic Church and Community Chapel for the prayers and savory meal that was prepared for the family.
Debra, Patty, Penny and JR