Kenneth Russell Deck was born in Taylorville, IL, March 4, 1948 and passed away too soon on January 16, 2013 in Franklin, TN at the age of 64.
Ken loved Taylorville and especially his THS class of 1966 classmates. He was a member of the National Honor Society and an athlete lettering in football, basketball, both of which he co-captained his Sr. year, and track from 1963 through 1966 while setting several school records along the way. He was twice inducted into the Taylorville, IL High School Sports Hall of Fame; first for his individual achievements on 4/27/02 and next on 4/24/10 for the 1966 Taylorville Tornadoes Basketball team of which he was a co-captain. Of the two, he was probably most proud of the team honor. Sports weren’t just about the game to Ken, it was most importantly about his teammates and the friendships they shared both on and off the field. Ken was a 27 year employee of SFSintec, Inc. a closure manufacture for the metal building industry. The same attitude that made him an outstanding athlete also made him an outstanding salesman. His professionalism and honesty held great appeal to customers, suppliers, competitors, and fellow employees alike. He was known as a kind and gentlemanly person with a great spirit that will be sadly missed. A man of integrity. He was above all a family man; he adored and was adored by his family. He was the glue that held his family together and the voice of reason and love, not to mention humor. He coached numerous of his children’s sports teams and was continuing the tradition by coaching his grandson Ryan’s indoor and outdoor soccer teams.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Eleanor Lynch Deck; son James Kenneth (Trish) and grandsons Ryan and Zach Deck; daughter Melissa (Steve) Outlaw, grandson Alex, and granddaughter Alicia; brothers John (Bonita) Deck and Bobby Deck; and sister Rita Schmidt. He was preceded in death by his parents Burton and Rita Deck, and his older brother James (Paula) Deck.
A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, January 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, IL. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25th with a memorial service on Saturday, January 26th at 3:00 p.m. at the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Franklin, TN.
Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.