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Kenneth Willingham

Posted August 21, 2012 in Obituaries

Kenneth Willingham

July 27, 1932- August 18, 2012

Kenneth Allen Willingham, age 80 of Numa, Iowa passed away Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa with his family by his side.

Kenneth was born July 27, 1932 the son of Lucian and Louise Willingham in Richmond, Virginia.

After graduating high school, he had many jobs, until he found his true trait-carpentry.

Kenneth married Patricia Hoffman in 1972 in South Carolina. They moved to Numa, Iowa and together raised eight children.

He enjoyed working with his hands, and helped many people out with his carpentry skills, including working on all of his children and families homes. He was proud to be from Numa, and served as mayor and helped build the Numa Fire Station. Kenneth enjoyed reading westerns, going to the Drake Public Library, NASCAR races-especially Dale Earnhardt, fishing, sitting on his front porch visiting with neighbors, friends, and family, and sharing his stories with anyone who would lend an ear. Most importantly, Kenneth loved spending time with his family.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Patricia of Numa; eight children, Jesse Bacon of California, Kathleen Saunders of Peoria, Arizona, Pamela Hall of New Olm, Minnesota, David Hall (Ruby) of Des Moines, Douglas Hall (Lisa) of Des Moines, Steven Hall (Dee) of Numa, Veronica Bachman Numa, and Kenneth Willingham Jr. (Chanda) of Cincinnati, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren, Jesse Bacon, Kimberly Bacon, Kordel Saunders, Dreyvon Saunders, Zachary Miller, Samantha Westmoreland, Sabrina Westmoreland, Megan Corey, Haley Bacon, Amie Hall, Kent Hall, Tyler Hall, Evan Hall, Baily Willingham, Branson Bachman, Rilee Willingham, Ethan Willingham, and Kenlee Willingham; two great grandchildren, Jesse Bacon III and Brian McGruder.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Lange Funeral Home & Crematory, Centerville with Pastor Kay Singley officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Wednesday evening at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory. Cremation will follow the funeral service. A memorial has been established to the Drake Public Library and maybe left or mailed to the Lange Funeral Home & Crematory, 1900 South 18th St, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be left at

Information provided by:
Lange Funeral Home
1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

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