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Blue Funeral Home (Marion)
Thursday April 17th, 2014

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Kenneth Pate

Marion-Kenneth L. Pate, 93, passed away at 12:38am on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center. Kenneth was born on January 12, 1921 in Marion to Carl and Lillian (Tanner) Pate. He married Patricia Hudgens on March 16, 1946 in Henderson, KY.  She preceded him in death on April 20, 2007. Kenneth was a technical staff Sargent in the US Army serving in Korea and WWII.  He received three bronze stars and served in the Asian Pacific Theatre. Kenneth was a retired personnel director in the VA Hospital system. He was a member of 1st United Methodist Church, Marion VFW and Marion Elks.  He enjoyed reading and listening to music. Survivors include: Daughters: Patti & Greg Tarrant of Marion Lauralyn & Jeff Cima of Marion Grandchildren: Derek Cima Devyn Cima Alyssa Tarrant Brothers: Paul & Marvelene Pate Dale & Marion Pate Sisters-Evelyn & J.B. Kuykendall Several nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia; daughter, Leanne Pate and brother, Oral Pate. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Jeff VanDyke officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Military rites will be performed by the Marion VFW post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and the National Guard. Visitation will also be on Thursday from 9am until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to the 1st United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ 1704 N. Court St/ Marion, IL  62959. 

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Dear family of Ken Pate... I'm so sorry to miss visitation and the funeral.. this man was so special and precious. I had the honor of sitting with him at Gene Hillard's funeral.. I got to hear and learn about his part in WWII... of course, he didn't mention the gold stars. We watched him at church with Pat (who was just as wonderful} and admired them both. I feel blessed to have known Ken and Pat Pate. Gentle people that will be remembered with a smile. God bless each of you that loved him.

Mary Landes Apr 25 2014 9:02 PM

Patti and lauralyn, so sorry about your dads passing he was a wonderful person, always had great stories, and family was his favorite one....he will be missed by so many..he is finally reunited with the love of his life....with deepest sympathy...

mike, mechele, raven & danica stone Apr 17 2014 12:11 PM

I will miss you Uncle Kenny. You were a great man and hero. I will always remember your great stories and the smell of sweet tobacco from your pipe smoking days. And many thanks to you and Aunt Pat for taking good care of me during my college days. All our love to the Pate family.

samantha hampton-cadra Apr 17 2014 3:18 AM

Patti, Lauralyn and families and Marvelene and Paul, Evelyn and J.B.: Please accept our sympathy. We will not be able to attend on Thursday due to a conflict, but we are with you in thoughts. He was a kind, wonderful, pleasant gentleman. I know you have many wonderful memories. Sympathy.

Yolonde and Guy Peterson Apr 16 2014 8:08 PM