Kenneth Slead

Kenneth Slead

VILLA GROVE – Kenneth W. Slead, 75, of Villa Grove went to be with the Lord on Saturday (July 5, 2014) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1938, at Wellman, Iowa, the son of Eugene and Alta (Chapman) Slead. He had five sisters.

He married the love of his life, Jennie Bond, in Bettendorf, Iowa, on April 13, 1957; she survives in Villa Grove.

Kenneth will be deeply missed by his wife, Jennie, of 57 years; his son Jeff (Cindy) Slead of Sherman, Ill.; and daughters, Chris (Sam) Laws of Villa Grove and Kimberly (Gary) Anderson of Paxton. He will also be missed by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

Kenneth was a graduate of Moline High School, Moline. He worked at Seoco Optical, Champaign, until his retirement in 2002.

He loved his family, he loved spending time with his friends and helping others. He loved woodworking and he also enjoyed working in his garden and sitting on his back porch watching and listening to the birds.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Villa Grove, since 1967, where he served on several committees. He was also a Boy Scout leader for several years. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Visitation will be held for Kenneth at Joines Funeral Home, Illinois 130 South, Villa Grove, from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10. A celebration of Kenneth's life will be held following the visitation at 11 a.m. Pastor Sandi Hire will be officiating and burial will be in the Centennial Cemetery, Villa Grove.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

sckiddoo wrote on July 08, 2014 at 2:07 pm


I am so sorry for your loss.  I don't know if you remember me, but I worked with Kenny at Seoco in the late 80's.

Kenny was a great person and I am sure he will be missed by all.  Even when things were tough, he always had a calm demeanor and took each day as it came.  His devotion to you and his faith were inspirational.  Never once did I hear Kenny say anything bad about anyone else, regardless of the circumstances.

We have all lost a great friend, and a truly nice and generous person.

Kindest Regards,

Craig Kiddoo