Chenoa - Kenneth R. Grogg, 87, of Chenoa, formerly of Hudson, Bloomington and Tucson, Arizona, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at his home in Chenoa, Illinois surrounded by his family.
He was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1930 in Centralia, Illinois a son to Floyd and Chloe Grogg. With his Dad passing when he was young, Kenneth was raised by his Mom along with 2 older brothers, 4 older sisters and 1 younger sister.
Kenneth is survived by his four children; Cynthia (John) Johnston of Olathe, KS, Bradley Grogg of Colorado Springs, CO, Jenifer Allen of Bloomington, IL and Angela (Mike) Yowell of Riverton, WY along with five grandsons, Spenser and Jordan Yowell, Evan and Mitchell Allen, Sam Johnston; one granddaughter Delaney Johnston and two sisters.
A naturally talented athlete, Kenneth was offered an opportunity to play professional baseball in the New York Yankees organization. He often joked and wondered if it would have been Grogg in left field and Mantle in center. Playing baseball for a Navy all-star team, one season he hit 18 home runs in a 54 game season - a Navy record that stood for many years.
In 1951, Kenneth enlisted in the United States Navy. During his 3 year commitment, he earned 5 medals from the Navy for combat and distinguished service during the Korean conflict.
Following the Navy he attended school at Southern Illinois University. In 1957 Kenneth married Barbara Jenkins on February 3, 1957 in Salem, Illinois. She preceded him in death. They were happily married for 48 years.
In 1975, Kenneth formed Tempcon Service Corporation and enjoyed a very successful career as a commercial contractor.
An avid golfer first at Kappa, then as a member at Crestwicke Country Club and most recently at Saddlebrooke Golf Club in Tucson, AZ, Kenneth was a single-digit handicap and shot under his age on many occasions.
A private family service will be hosted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shiners Children's Hospital. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.
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