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Kenneth L. Holmstrom

Kenneth L. Holmstrom, 91, of Farmington, IL, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 8:54 PM at Courtyard Estates in Farmington. He was born in Varna, IL, on December 26, 1927, the son of Louis and Nettie (Extrom) Holmstrom. He married Myra D. Dietrich on June 17, 1950 in Goodfield, IL. She preceded him in death on December 27, 2009.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Charles and Vernon Holmstrom.

Kenneth (Kenny) is survived by three children: Roger Holmstrom of Farmington, IL, Cynthia (Tom) Kelley of Chillicothe, IL, and SuAnn (Dan) Grant of Lenexa, KS; five grandchildren: Amanda (Brad) Fingland, Chad (Lyndi) Holmstrom, Seth Holmstrom, Erin (Rob) Murphy, and Jay (Amy) Kelley; eight great-grandchildren: Clara Fingland, Caitlin and Mackinzie Murphy, Ethan Theis, and Brooklyn, Madelyn, Emma, and J.T. Kelley; two sisters-in-law: Phyllis Holmstrom and Lois Holmstrom, and several nieces and nephews.

Growing up in Varna, Kenny owned a trucking business there from 1947 to 1972 and he was active in raising and showing Polled Hereford cattle. He was a member of the Marshall-Putnam Fair Association Board for several years and later served as President for 3 years. Kenny also served as a 4-H Leader, Henry County Hereford Association President, Western Illinois Hereford Association President, and Illinois Polled Hereford Association President. After moving to Farmington in October of 1972, Kenny was a salesman for Moorman Feeds for 11 years. After retirement, he sold jewelry at fairs and festivals for more than 30 years.

Kenny genuinely “liked people”. He was proud to be a member of Memento #44 Odd Fellow Lodge in Farmington since June 1975. A devoted volunteer, Kenny spent 29 years with the Spoon River Drive and as a Mt. Pisgah Representative; Proctor Hospital for 12 years; The Red Cross as a driver, and many church activities and committees. Dedicated to serving those in need, Kenny was a coordinator at the Farmington Area Food Pantry and volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank in Peoria.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at the Farmington United Methodist Church in Farmington where a visitation will be held from 10 – 11 AM. On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, a visitation will be held from 5-7 PM at Anderson – Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Rev. James Reed will officiate. Burial will follow services at Salem Lutheran Cemetery #2 in Varna, IL. Memorials may be made to the Farmington United Methodist Church, Farmington Area Food Pantry or Midwest Food Bank. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Brenda Rose

    Reply October 6, 2019 3:13 pm

    To Kenny’s family, my mother-in-law Marilyn was across the hall from Kenny at Courtyard. I will always remember his smile, and how friendly he was. He was always the first to say Hi. I got to eat dinner with him at my mother-in-laws table ,and we had a wonderful visit. I was shocked to see he passed away, and that he was 91. He was so active and always on the go. I will miss seeing him.Thinking of all of you during this hard time, Brenda Rose

  • Sherri Delost

    Reply October 6, 2019 9:14 pm

    Kenny was a true example of what a great human being is supposed to be like. May you rest in Peace…

  • Joe dikeman

    Reply October 7, 2019 8:32 am

    To Kenny entire family I send our prayers and thoughts to you. You had a wonderful man for 91years. He was a beautiful person that I met over 45 years ago as dad’s Moorman feed salesman. We had polled herfords also. I would see him occasionally over the years and it was like we just talked last week. That’s who your dad your grandpa your great grandpa was to me.

  • Jacque Werry

    Reply October 7, 2019 8:30 pm

    Condolences and prayers for the family. My sister Joyce Feikert and I met Kenny and enjoyed visiting with him when he visited our brother Vaughn Suydam at Courtyard Estates. He was great about visiting the shut-ins and will be missed by many.

  • Howard(Danny)Soper

    Reply October 8, 2019 4:13 am

    To the entire Holmstrom family: I was very acquainted when we had meetings in the Alpha cluster with our United Methodist churches.Especially,when we had Lenten services.Your father,grandfather,and great-grandfather was wonderful.Prayers for comfort be with you all.Danny Soper.

  • Robert weaver

    Reply October 9, 2019 7:35 am

    To the Holmstrom family Kenny was my grandfather and dad’s feed salesman. We have many found memories of him. We would often run into him on scenic drive selling jewelry after he retired. What a wonderful and kind hearted man. Sorry for your loss. Robert Weaver family

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