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Kenneth Charles Shambaugh

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Kenneth Charles Shambaugh, 84, passed away on May 23rd, 2022. He and Mary Ellen will be laid to rest at Liberty Cemetery just up the road from the old Farnam homestead, where they lived for over 50 years.

Ken was born on September 1st, 1937, the son of Charles and Catherine (McKenzie) Shambaugh in Kewanee. He married Mary Ellen Farnam on June 26, 1966 in Atkinson, IL. She preceded him in death January 30th, 2022.

He started working at the age of 14, doing various physical employments throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing and wildlife. He loved working with his hands and was enchanted with all things mechanical like model trains, lawn mowers, and his beloved truck. Those left to remember him include his daughter Beth (Todd) Welveart, Bettendorf IA and granddaughters Amanda and Grace Welveart; sisters Ellen Schmidt, Colfax, WI, and Linda Redmond, Rockford, IL; cousins Joe (Carol) Hankins and Judy Hankins.

Ken was preceded in death by brothers Frank and Dean, and cousin Grant Hankins.

His ideal day was driving with Mary Ellen in the country seeing critters, and then going to Lisa’s Place for hamburger steak and pie.

Posted online on May 26, 2022

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