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Kenneth Messenger

August 19, 1952 — August 16, 2020

Kenneth Messenger

Kenneth N. Messenger II

67, of Wilmington, passed away quietly at home on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Ken was born to Kenneth and Josephine (Banks) Messenger in Chicago on August 19, 1952. He was raised in New Lenox and spent part of his youth in Alaska. He married Melanie (Stelow) on November 30, 1974, and together they raised three children in Channahon and later Wilmington.

Ken worked for a number of companies throughout his life, including Sears, Bell Labs, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and IBM. He was known for his technological acumen and for always lending a hand whenever needed. In his free time, Ken enjoyed woodworking, drag racing, and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving Ken are his wife, Melanie; son, Shaun Messenger (Theresa Kennedy), of Rantoul; two daughters: Shannon (Benjamin) Baer, of Coal City; and Riann (Gary) Galus, of Diamond; sister, Manette Messenger, of Atlanta, GA; mother-in-law, Marie Stelow, of Joliet; six grandchildren: Luke Cairns, Rich Bell, Xavier Baer, Aidan Galus, Owen Kennedy, and Emma Galus; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents; father-in-law William Stelow; and brother-in-law Ronald Webster.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial party will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the family for disbursement to the Betty Burch Bridgewater Cancer Institute in Bourbonnais.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Kenneth's memorial page by logging onto:

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.

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