Kenneth B. Rehn, 97, of Orion, Illinois, formerly of Woodhull, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Illini Restorative Care in Silvis. Private family services are Monday January 11, 2021 at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull. Burial is in the Woodhull Cemetery where graveside military services will be conducted. Visitation is from 2-6 PM Sunday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull where memorials may be left to Bethany Lutheran Church or AlWood Food Pantry. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
He was born June 2, 1923 in Andover Township, IL to Elmer and Anna Peterson Rehn. Kenny graduated from Orion High School in 1941. On March 2, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lois M. Freeze in Moline, IL. She died June 29, 2015.
Kenny was a U.S. Army Air Corp. veteran serving from 1943-1946. He was the top turret gunner in the B-24 Bomber and flew 17 missions. Kenny was the last surviving WWII veteran with the Miles S. Sturgeon American Legion Post 546 and he enjoyed attending the 781st Airborne Reunions.
He loved farming and in his mind, never left.
He was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, Henry County Farm Bureau, Livestock Feeder’s Association and the Board of Directors of the Woodhull COOP. Kenny enjoyed bowling in his younger years, golfing in his older years, wintering in Texas and especially being with his family. He was a die-hard Cubs fan.
Survivors include one daughter, Teresa (Ron) Carlson of Orion; two sons, Bill (Becky) Rehn of Long Grove, Iowa, David (Susan) Rehn of Woodhull, one daughter-in-law, Debbie Rehn of Plano, TX; 11 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; one sister, Joyce (Robert) Nelson of High Point, NC; several nieces and nephews.
His parents; wife, Lois; one son, Steven; one grandchild, Aric; two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.