|Kenneth Arthur Lumberry, age 80, of Delong, Illinois, died on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:18 A.M. at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born on October 5, 1932 in Dahinda, Illinois, the son of Gilbert A. and Mildred O. Howard Lumberry. He married Ruth A. Davies on August 3, 1958 at the Knoxville United Methodist Church. They were married for 54 years and she survives of Delong, Illinois.
He was the father of four children, Robin (Neal) Detmers of Galesburg, Kelvin (Gerri) Lumberry of Galesburg, Kay (Preston) Jacobson of Milton, Washington, and Robert Lumberry of Delong, Illinois. He also had ten grandchildren, Tara White, Tristan (Jennifer) Lumberry, Alicia Lumberry, Brett Osaka, Spencer Detmers, Tim Lumberry, Lauren Detmers, Travis Lumberry, Chandler Lumberry, and Nicholas Lumberry. Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, L. Edward and one sister, Emma Gene Anderson.
Ken spent his youth growing up around the Dahinda area, with many fond memories of swimming and fishing in the Spoon River and of picking mushrooms and hunting rabbits and squirrels in the fields and woods. While attending high school he worked for various farmers in the area and with special permission worked for Santa Fe Railroad as track laborer laying railroad track from Dahinda to Knoxville Station. He graduated in 1950 from Williamsfield High School. For 35 years he worked for Smith and Allen Garage where his specialty was repairing carburetors. In 1989 he retired. He is the past president of the Western Illinois Antique Auto Club, former fire chief of the Delong Fire Station, and volunteered for TRIAD. His lifelong hobbies were restoring and driving antique cars.
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the X-cup Scholarships for X-Cup team Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty. Fellowship will follow the graveside services at the Hurd-Hendricks Fellowship Center in Knoxville, Illinois. On-line condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com