Kenneth Asmussen, 80, formerly of Edinburg, Illinois passed peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on July 13, 2017 in Panama City, Florida. He was born on December 7, 1936 in Clinton, Iowa, to Maynard and Marge, and had one brother, Richard (Margie). Ken was blessed with 51 years of marriage to the sparkly Ruthie, who preceded him in death on March 18, 2011.
Ken had a full career as one of the pioneering computer analysts for the Illinois Secretary of State. In his younger days he was a 200+ bowler and was a faithful Cubs fan. He was known around his neighborhood as “Mr. Christmas” for all his beautiful lights and many Christmas trees.
But his deepest love was serving the body of Christ with his wife, Ruthie. In addition to working as part-time pastor of the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, Ken was a lay speaker at numerous congregations, actively supported the Central Illinois Emmaus Community, assisted with prison ministries, and led countless Bible studies and prayer groups. Ken was known for his many “Jesus” hats and t-shirts, his own way of spreading the good news. He and Ruthie were active members of the Edinburg United Methodist Church. They enjoyed their “retirement years” at their home in Panama City Beach, worshipping at the Gulfview United Methodist Church. After Ruthie’s passing, Ken was surrounded by a wonderful family of faith at the Port Washington UMC.
Ken is survived by his three children: Sherri Leahy (Brian), Karen Miller (Lowell), and Kurt Asmussen (Kendra). “Poppy” loved to visit and was richly blessed by his 10 above-average grandchildren: Amanda, Maggie, Emily, Daniel, Brandon, Ellen, Thomas, Kayla, Madison, and Garrett. He was also a great-grandfather to Liam and Mason.
Graveside services will be held at the Auburn Cemetery on August 12 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Celebration Luncheon at the Edinburg UMC at 12:00.