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3/27/2018 12:25:00 PM
Lee Wayne Kennedy
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Mr. Lee Wayne Kennedy of DuBois, Ill. departed this life at 12:33 p.m. March 20, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Ill. surrounded by his loving family. He had attained the age of 43 years and 16 days.

Per the wishes of Lee and his family, cremation was performed and a celebration of life will be held at the DuBois Community Center in DuBois, Ill. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 12 until 2 p.m. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Ill. assisted the family with cremation rites.

A graveside service will be held at the Ashley City Cemetery on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. with Reverend Les Boldt officiating.

Lee was born on March 4, 1975 in Centralia, Ill. the son of James Lee and Maryan (Skabialka) Kennedy. Lee was a former member of the Army National Guard prior to receiving a medical discharge. He was a talented welder and an ordained Minister. He enjoyed working with his hands, driving fast, and raising his family. Lee had an infectious laugh and a huge heart; he loved his family and friends and was a devoted father who enjoyed life and watching his children grow. Lee has donated his organs to Gift of Hope.

Lee is survived by his four children: Kayla of Olney, Steven of Bridgeport, and Jonathan and Serenity, both of Taylorville. Lee was excited at the prospect of meeting his first grandchild (Isabella) due on June 11, 2018. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Maryan Skabialka Kennedy Swinford and husband Scott Swinford of Clinton; brothers: Jimmy Denton and girlfriend Lisa of Tamaroa and Floyd “Bi” Denton and girlfriend Kylee Catt of Tamaroa, sisters: Thresea Dowell and husband Jackie of Marion, Va. and Lisa Gobble and husband Bobby of Meadowview, Va. Lee is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, James “Big Foot” Lee Kennedy of Parkersburg, Ill. and grandparents, Marion and Pina Marie Skabialka of DuBois, Ill.

Lee will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He deeply loved his children.

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