Benjamin Leon Kingery, 91, of Rock Falls, died July 31, 2017 at the Dixon Rehabilitation and Care Center in Dixon Illinois.
Mr. Kingery was born April 7, 1926 in Springpoint Twp. Cumberland County Illinois, the son of Ben Esau and Blanche (Scott) Kingery. On March 18, 1950 he married Dorothy Ann Landis in Gary Indiana. To this union was born one son, Gordon. July 7, 1955, Ben married Eloise I. (Kaufman) Ernst, in Dubuque Iowa. To this union no children were born. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2010.
Ben attended grade and high schools in Montrose and Jewett, Il. He received his diploma as a machinist from the National Youth Association (N.Y.A.) Trade school at Paradise Lake, Mattoon, Il. With his diploma and a letter of recommendation in his hand, he went to work at Hetherington & Berner Inc. of Indianapolis, IN. machining WWII military tank parts. After enlisting in the Army, he took basic at Camp Lee, VA., Technical Training at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD., and was shipped to Manila, Philippines and appointed manager of the Officer’s Club. After returning home, he worked at Northwestern Steel & wire Co. for 37 years, 17 years as machinist and 20 years as Group Leader of the machine shop. He retired May 1, 1984. In 1980 he spent several weeks in Toronto, Canada being schooled in the Western art of self-defense (called DEFENDO) which was developed by the renowned Bill Underwood, who taught it to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers: Park, Everett, and George.
He is survived by his son Gordon (Bonnie), 3 Grandchildren: Colleen, Eric, and Kristen, and 4 Great-grandchildren: Cody, Tyler, Vivian, and Leander and his sister Genevieve Morgan.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Kingery Family Cemetery Fund for the future maintenance of the cemetery and roadway to the cemetery. For your convenience, a tax-exempt number is furnished (#37-1333534). After authoring the Kingery Family History Book, Ben and other relatives restored the Kingery Family Cemetery, where he wishes to be buried.
Visitation will be 1:30 – 2:30 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, Il. Burial with military rites will be 12:30 pm Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Kingery Family Cemetery, Cumberland County, Il.