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Kenneth Belcher


March 12, 1944
July 18, 2019

Graveside Service 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 24,2019 - Hillcrest Memorial Park, Centralia

Kenneth Gene “Brother Kenny” Belcher, 75, of Centralia, IL formally of Murfreesboro, TN passed away graciously, with his daughter, Charlene by his side, Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Mt. Vernon Healthcare Center. He was born on March 12, 1944 the son of Ralph and Violet R. (Glauser) Belcher in Amboy, IL. He married Sharon Lee Flanagan and two children were born of this union. He later married Linda Hughes and she survives him in Jamestown, TN.

Survivors to share memories of Brother Kenny’s life include his devoted daughter, Charlene Lawrence and wife Lavonda of Centralia; caring stepson, Chris Bradford and wife Amy of Lebanon, TN; precious grandchildren, Jacob, Caleb, and Abby of Lebanon, TN; kind sister, Karen Hutson and husband David of Walnut Hill; cherished niece and nephew, Stacey Wiebler of Shattuc, and Brad Hutson of Freemont, NE.

Kenny was preceded in death by both his parents, Ralph and Violet Belcher; sister, Kay R. Nelson; and son, Garry G. Belcher.

Mr. Belcher was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam era as a mechanic. He worked at Valley Steel as a welder and he also was an over the road truck driver, traveling all over the country with his Big Rig or as he would say “Large Car”. Brother Kenny walked in Jesus’ footsteps, shining His light by sharing his story of faith. He was a faithful Christian man and proclaimed his baptism day as a special celebration. Kenny had a mechanical mind and used this gift while working on repairs for cars and machinery. He was a collector of various knives and loved to share the story of his latest treasure. Kenny would never leave his home without pulling on his favorite pair of cowboy boots. He was a gentle man that made his mark wherever he went. There are many lives that Kenny made a difference in and his life will not be forgotten.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Chaplain Joannie Naraghi officiating. Military rites will be accorded by Centralia VFW Post 2055 and American Legion Post 446. Memorials may be made in Brother Kenny’s honor to the Military Honor Guard in Centralia and will be accepted at the funeral home. The family wants to give thanks to Mt. Vernon Healthcare Center for the care they gave to Kenneth. Online condolences and memories of Brother Kenny may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.