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“A man that made your life better, just by knowing him, has left this world a little less bright and enjoyable. You are missed Ken, hopefully I will...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Buzard - Rock Falls, IL

“I'm extremely sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I enjoyed our many conversations over the years. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Anthony Bollman - Harmon, IL

“I too was part of the YMCA morning basketball group. My knees finally said "no more". Ken too had ailments, but he kept playing. Ken was a great...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: don Vogel - Prophetstown, IL

“Margaret & family, so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I have a soft spot for my fellow teammates & classmates and it is always hard to see that...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Steve Venhuizen - Polo, IL

“Oh Margaret, I am so sorry to hear about Ken. MAY he RIP Peace. My deepest sympathy to you and your family ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Lana Fulrath Nugent - Morrison, IL

“My deepest prayers and sympathy to you Margaret and all of your family so very sad . ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Rosemary Grennan - Rockfalls, IL

“I was very saddened to learn of Ken's passing. I have many fond memories of playing basketball with Ken at the YMCA. He played basketball much like...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Mike Kreeger - Naples, FL

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Holding all of you close in thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Ron and Jodi Smith

“We returned from a vacation and were shocked to see the brief Gazette announcement of Ken's passing. Hard to believe. Ken was so full of energy and...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Greg Wahl - Sterling, IL - Friend

“Dear Margaret and Family:My deepest sympathy and condolences upon the death of Ken. Our parish of St. Andrew has lost a very special member, who...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Rosemary Pizarro - Rock Falls, IL


Kenneth D. Blakeslee Jr, 69 of Rock Falls died Thursday February 3, 2022 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

He was born on March 30, 1952 in Dixon, IL the son of Kenneth DeWayne and Leota (Manning) Blakeslee Sr. He graduated from Polo High School, and then Western Illinois University where he was a member of The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He married Margaret Casillas on July 27, 1974 at St. Andrew Catholic Church

He was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for most of his career in the capacity of sales & management. His career began at the Sterling, IL location, leading to positions, in Missouri & Indiana. In 2015, Ken retired from Moore Tires. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, where he was active in music ministry as a cantor. Ken enjoyed his family, playing basketball at the Sterling YMCA, fishing, golf, singing, dancing, community theatre & traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; his daughter, Dawn (Darren) Majeski of Prophetstown; his sons: Kenneth Daniel (Lindsey) Blakeslee of Ventura, CA and Adam (Katie) Blakeslee of Rock Falls; his sister Teresa (Roy) Wolber of Polo; his brothers: Ronald Blakeslee, Paul (Donna) Cavanaugh and Timothy (Stacey) Cavanaugh all of Polo; Nine grandchildren: Madeline, Emma, Parker, Wyatt, Emmett, Weston, Garrett, Jeremy and Josh; One great-grandchild: Mila; His mother-in-law Mary Casillas, aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, his mother; his step father Paul E. Cavanaugh; his sister-in-law Jean Ann Blakeslee; and his father-in-law Daniel Casillas.
Private services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital