We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Nokomis Location
Kenneth (Ken) Harold Wilbur was a beloved father, grandfather/PePa, husband, police officer, and missionary. At a young age Ken became affiliated with the outdoors. As a child Kenneth was a part of the Boy Scouts making it all the way to Eagle Scout. Ken stayed active with the Boy Scouts until his sons also became Eagle Scouts. As a young man Ken served in the Illinois National Guard. During this time Ken married his life long sweetheart Janet Wilbur (FKA Cerwin). After the national guard he joined the Brookfield Illinois Police Department where he served as an officer for quite a long time. He then moved to the H-vac team in Lisle, IL where he moved up in ranks to Sargent after receiving his Associates degree in Criminal Justice at the DuPage Community College. Ken served as a detective in Lisle, Illinois for several years. After retirement from Lisle Police Department, Ken and his beautiful wife Janice brought one of their four children to Taylorville, IL and bought a tavern called "The Big Owl". They soon sold out and moved back north where Ken joined the US Marshal service in the Federal Building in downtown Chicago. After leaving the Marshals department Ken worked maintenance in a large apartment complex for another decade. After his retirement from the apartment complex Ken and Janet packed up and headed south to combine their love of traveling and camping to work for Laborers of Christ, a non-for-profit organization from the Lutheran church. They went around the country to help build, refurbish, and expand Lutheran churches. During the off season Ken and Janet worked as Hosts and maintenance crew in RV parks in Del Rio and Victoria, Texas. They would travel home to Nokomis, IL throughout the years to visit family. After they finally retired Kenneth would bring his beautiful wife of sixty years back home to Nokomis, IL. Where he was an active member in the community, owning a furniture shop, and traveling between several churches to hear the word. Furthermore as his health diminished he shared his love for Jesus by sending cards to shut-ins and children throughout the country. He will be dearly missed but fondly remembered by any soul that he ever met.
Kenneth is received in death by his loving wife Janet (Cerwin) Wilbur, his two sons Joseph Darryl (JD) Wilbur and Drew Thomas Wilbur, his daughter Kennette Marie Wilbur, brother Dale Wilbur, sister Bette (Wilbur) Lang, and parents Harold R. And Una A. (Rakerd) Wilbur.
Kenneth leaves behind many loved ones including his daughter Janice Louise (Wilbur) Armstrong (FKA Locke). He leaves behind 24 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 2 great great granddaughters. As well as the many people he touched throughout his life.
Funeral services are planned for Saturday July 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm in Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, Illinois. Visitation from 10:00 am to service time at 1:00 pm.