Kenneth L. Hobbs 79 of Rochester passed away Wednesday January 8, 2020 at Generations Nursing Home in Decatur, IL
Kenny was born March 7, 1940 in Cascade, IL to Chesley H. and Georgia I. Popp Hobbs.
He was a 1958 graduate of Rochester High School. He was a machinist by trade who worked at Allis Chalmers which later became Fiat Allis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, blacksmithing and history. He was an excellent marksman and enjoyed teaching others how to hunt and fish. Kenny used his blacksmithing skills to create beautiful handmade hunting knives and skinning plyers for fishing. He loved tinkering in his shop and took pride in building unusual bicycles and floats for local parades. He was a history enthusiast and enjoyed researching his family history.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kim Myers; grandson, Randy Myers; brothers, Arch and Walter Hobbs; brother-in-law, Edward Richards; and sister-in-law, Gloria Hobbs.
He is survived by daughter, Pam (Jason) Coe of Illiopolis; son, Wes Hobbs of Rochester; grandsons, Eston Coe of Illiopolis and Tyler Hobbs of Edinburg; brothers, Richard Hobbs of Edinburg and Jake Hobbs (Steve Chestnut) of St. Louis; sisters, Barbara Richards of Edinburg and Sandy (Kevin) Moffett of Mowequa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family will receive friends from 4-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the funeral home with Reverend Larry Hanson officiating. Burial will follow at Edinburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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