Kenneth A. Horsthemke

June 24, 1926 - June 02, 2017

Kenneth A. Horsthemke, 90, of Pana, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at Pana Community Hospital. He was born June 24, 1926 in Pana, to William & Louise (Benthaus) Horsthemke.

Kenneth proudly served in the United States Marines. He was a member of the Pana Knights of Columbus, Pana American Legion Kerr-Mize Post #168, and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. He retired from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department as Chief Deputy after 25 years. He also worked for McCracken Funeral Home for 5 years and Purity Bakery Company for 17 year. Kenneth enjoyed golfing at the Pana Country Club & Ramsey Golf Course, being a part of the “eating out club”, and spending Veteran’s Day in Branson, MO.

Kenneth married Rosemary Fitzpatrick on September 19, 1966 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pana and she survives. He is also survived by his son, Martin (Tammy) Horsthemke of Indianapolis, IN; 2 grandsons; 1 great-grandson & 1 great-granddaughter.  

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: William, Walter, Dick & Herman Horsthemke; sisters: Betty Gibson & Theresa Scoles; and a nephew, “whimpy” Dionne, who was like a brother to him.

Funeral Information

A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Pana, IL at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Rodney A. Schwartz officiating.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana with graveside military rites by Pana Veterans Honor Guard. A private family visitation was scheduled.

Donations Information

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart School, P.O. Box 440, Pana, IL 62557 or Pana Community Hospital Foundation, 101 E. 9th St, Pana, IL 62557.


Service:  St. Patrick's Catholic

Kenneth A. Horsthemke


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