John W. Kenning Sr.
John W. Kenning Sr. PEORIA - John W. Kenning Sr. of Peoria, IL, and Tucson, AZ, passed peacefully, with family present, on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Manor Care at Liberty Village in Peoria, IL, at the age of 90. He was born in Peoria on November 15, 1926, to the late Anthony L. and Emma M. (Upschulte) Kenning. John was married in Peoria on November 23, 1950, to Rosalie C. Hitpas. John is survived by Rosalie and their 3 sons, John Jr. of Plano, TX, Philip of Jackson, MS, and Todd (wife, Cindy) of St Louis, MO; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and a sister. John worked at Caterpillar, retiring in 1990 as Corporate Controller. During his 40 years at CAT, he worked in Joliet, IL, Grenoble, France, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and several Peoria area facilities. He served in the U.S. Maritime Service from November 1944 to 1947 as Chief Radio Operator, and in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. A graduate of Spalding Institute, he graduated Cum Laude from St. Louis University in 1951, with BS in Accounting and Economics. In 1994, he was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame, as a team member of the 1944 unbeaten Greater Peoria Football Champions. During his lifetime, John was active in softball, tennis, golf and bowling. John was a former member of Willow Knolls CC, Mt. Hawley CC, Knights of Columbus, Willow Knolls CC Men's Golf League and the National Association of Accountants. Services will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at St. Jude Catholic Church, with visitation from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Mass at 11:30 a.m., with luncheon immediately following. Interment services with military honors will be held at Resurrection Mausoleum, following the luncheon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Catholic Church, Peoria Notre Dame High School or a charity of your choice. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging on to www.wrightandsalmon.com .
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