Farming Rural 06

Kenneth R. Barman

March 4, 1943 ~ February 22, 2020 (age 76)

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Kenneth R. Barman, 76, of Woodhull, Illinois, died Saturday, February 22, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Woodhull. Burial is in the Woodhull Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull. Memorials may be left to Bethany Lutheran Church or the Woodhull Fire Department.  Online condolences can be made at

He was born March 4, 1943 in Aledo, Illinois to William and Florence Olson Barman. Ken graduated from AlWood High School in 1961.   He married Karla Ekstrom June 4, 1964 in Mendota, IL. 

After high school, he began working for IH until he started his farming career in Lynn Center in 1963.  He moved to the Woodhull area in 1970, retiring from farming in 2009.

He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and was a Clover Township Trustee for 40 years. 

Ken enjoyed raising crops and livestock for many years, playing cards and visiting with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife: Karla; one daughter:  Kathy (Richard) Dunham of Illinois City; one son: Kurt (Denise) Barman of Alpha, IL; four grandchildren:   Drew and Carly Dunham, Kyle and Grace Barman; one sister-in-law: Darlene Barman of Little York, IL; several nieces and nephews.

His parents; siblings: Dale Barman; Beverly (Oliver) Stephenson; Evelyn (Glenn) Swanson preceded him in death.

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 Service Program


February 25, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home Woodhull
525 N. Division Street
Woodhull, IL 61490

Funeral Service
February 26, 2020

10:30 AM
Bethany Lutheran Church
380 W. 3rd Avenue; P.O. Box 459
Woodhull, IL 61490

February 26, 2020

Woodhull Cemetery
402 W. 5th Avenue
Woodhull, IL 61490


Bethany Lutheran Church
380 W. 3rd Avenue; P.O. Box 459
Woodhull, IL 61490


Bethany Lutheran Church
380 W. 3rd St., Woodhull IL 61490

Woodhull Fire Department
106 E. Highway Avenue, Woodhull IL 61490

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