Kenneth K. Baze, 93, of Geneseo, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo. A memorial service celebrating his life was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Laura Kamprath officiated. Inurnment followed at North Cemetery, in Geneseo, where military honors were conducted by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Kenneth Baze Memorial Fund.

Kenneth K. Baze, 93, of Geneseo, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo. A memorial service celebrating his life was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Laura Kamprath officiated. Inurnment followed at North Cemetery, in Geneseo, where military honors were conducted by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Kenneth Baze Memorial Fund.

Kenneth was born Dec. 5, 1923, in Osco, the son of Robert and Ella (Hamann) Baze. Kenneth married Loretta J. Verheye-Mille on July 25, 1953, in Geneseo. He worked for Offerlie Oil Company as a mechanic and tire repairman, and then worked for Skelly Oil Company for many years. After his retirement, he worked part-time for Wirth Inc. Kenneth was an avid baseball fan, especially loving the Chicago Cubs! He enjoyed playing baseball during his younger years. Kenneth also loved fishing and spending time with his family. Kenneth attended First Lutheran Church, in Geneseo.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta Baze; his children, Nancy (Dr. Joseph) Ortenzio, of Middletown, Ohio; Daniel (Trish) Mille, of Matthews, N.C.; Debbie (Jerry) Hart, of Cordova; and Kim (Fran) Baze, of Rockford. His grandchildren are: Rebecca (Dave) Lee, Aaron (Tamu) Ortenzio, Adam (Amanda) Mille, Kate (Matthew) Harrison, Shauna (Robert) Thoene, Joshua Hart, Kelly Hart and Zachary Hart. Kenneth was blessed with six great-grandchildren and one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ella; two brothers and one sister.