Ted L. Kendrick

MELVIN — Ted L. Kendrick, 92, of Melvin, died at 4 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City, where he had been a resident for more than four years.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Melvin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Douglas Lee and the Rev. Elizabeth Reis officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the church. Burial will be at the Melvin Cemetery. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kendrick was born May 31, 1925, in East St. Louis to M.I. and Marguerite Linn Kendrick. He married D. Catherine (Cathy) Quinlan on Aug. 8, 1948, in LaGrange. She died March 29, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy (Bill) Wurglitz of Essex and Lynn (Al) Rusch of East Peoria; three sons, David (Carol) Kendrick of Muskegon, Mich., Ed (Tammy) Kendrick of Melvin and Mike (Donna) Kendrick of Roberts; five granddaughters, Dr. Colleen (Andy) Kraft of Decatur, Ga., Natalie (Nick) Armstrong of Muskegon, Mich., Carolyn (Steven) Carter of Arlington Heights, Erika Kendrick of Champaign and Rachel (Johnny) Stewart of Roberts; six grandsons, Michael (Beka) Wurglitz of Mt. Vernon, Steve Kendrick of Paxton, Kevin Kendrick of Roberts, Brian Kendrick of Paxton, Joseph Kendrick of the U.S. Army, who is deployed in Poland, and Jonathan Kendrick of Melvin; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Frances Kendrick of Oakbrook.

Mr. Kendrick served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agriculture and farmed for more than 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling and growing fruit trees.

Mr. Kendrick was a member of the Melvin United Methodist Church, the Melvin VFW, the Gibson City and Melvin-Sibley school boards and was a founding member of the FILM Co-op.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex.

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