Kenneth M. Thomas

KELL — Kenneth M. Thomas, 66, of Kell, Illinois passed away at his home with family and friends at his side.

Born October 27, 1954, in Salem, IL, he was the son of Darrell L. and Rozella P. (Brubaker) Thomas. His father preceded him in death.

Ken had worked for the State of Arkansas-Dept. of Weights and Measures for ten years. He attended the Calumet Street Christian Church in Centralia. He was an avid hunter, a member of the Centralia Bear Club, the Green Bay Packers, the Arkansas Razorbacks, and consumed tons of M&M’s.

Survivors include his companion, Linda Collier Wimberly. Also his mother Rozella P. Thomas of Salem, nieces and nephews Karen (Carl) Pender, Belleville, NE; Brenda Golden, Herrin, IL and John (Amanda) Smith of Missouri Valley, Iowa; great-nieces and nephews Alexander Scheer, Terry Pender, Taylor (Grant) Montgomery, Madison and Makayla Golden, and John and Amanda’s children Alex, Santos, Jason and Elvira; also great-great nieces and nephews Franklin and Oliva Montgomery, Elliana Golden and Abel Scheer. Also Linda’s family, Tom (Amanda) Wooters and daughter Marissa of Salem.

He will also be mourned by his uncle Al Osborne, Great Falls, MT. and Karon (Mike) Mills of Kell, IL. Also his lifetime friends Lynn Gardner and cousin, Steve Barrow.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his sister, Terry Lee Smith and her infant son Steven Smith, Jr.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Thursday at Sutherland – Rankin Funeral Home with burial to follow in Paradise Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours will be from 11:00 am until the service hour. For those attending, masks will be required (provided if necessary), and will need to respect social distancing in accordance with the DCD and State of Illinois Phase 4 Revitalization guidelines.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, or the Donor’s choice and will be accepted by the Sutherland – Rankin Funeral Home, 310 N. Broadway, P.O. Box 97, Salem, IL 62881 618-548-1234, entrusted with the family’s care.