John E. Kenney

  • Born: April 19, 1939
  • Died: August 30, 2019
  • Location: Polo, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

John E. Kenney, age 80, of Polo, Illinois, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Illinois.

John was born April 19, 1939 in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Rita (Robertson) Kenney. He was a 1957 graduate of Dixon High School and later married Lydia Jimenez on February 15, 1958 in Sterling. John was retired from Commonwealth Edison after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and active in his parish of St. Mary Catholic Church in Polo. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lydia, Polo; three daughters, Diana (Doug Bannister) Kenney of Columbia, Missouri, Cynthia (Kevin) Dix of South Elgin and Kathleen (Jeff Sterken) Kenney of Chicago; one son, Jim (Lori) Kenney of Sterling; six grandchildren, Ian (Jessi Snyder) Kenney of Urbana, Emily (Brett) Renner of Pompano Beach, Florida, Caitlyn Dix of Wheaton, Joshua Dix of Chicago, Kassidy (Nick Olds) Kenney of Sterling, and Landon Kenney of Sterling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Thomas John Kenney, and one brother, Donald Kenney.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 7th from 10:00 - 11:15 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 211 N. Franklin Avenue, Polo, Illinois 61064. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11:30 AM at the church with Reverend Joseph P. Naill officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to St. Mary Catholic Church in Polo.

Arrangements are being handled by the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the family, John was a good and fair man.

Posted by David Hamilton - Fulton, IL - Coworker   September 09, 2019

Sorry to hear about the passing of John he was a wonderful man and rather grew up with the Kenney family being friends with Jim and my parents Doug and Grace being friends with family

Posted by Bret Smith - Waukesha, WI - Friend   September 08, 2019

Lydia and family, we are saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved John. He was a good man and you both made a beautiful life together. You have created a beautiful family to continue your legacy. John is with all of you in spirit.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Love, Hope sand Lydia

Posted by Lydia and Hope Saucedo - Sterling, IL - Family   September 04, 2019

John was is one of the best lineman I have ever worked with. I will miss him,as we all will. Bill Raabe

Posted by William Raabe Raabe - ROCKFORD, IL - Coworker   September 03, 2019