TOLEDO -- Kenneth Dale "Smoke" Beaumont went home to Jesus on July 24, 2014 following an 8 year and 8 month fight with Cancer of the Esophagus, Colon, and Pleural Cavity. He was a survivor and can now rest as he has been eternally cured of cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29th 2014 at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral chapel. Burial with Military Rites by Cumberland County Veterans will be in the Toledo Cemetery.
Kenneth was born on May 6, 1950 to Leland and Marion Peake Beaumont of Toledo, Illinois. He was the middle child having an older sister, Marlene, and young sister, Melaina Kim. His parents gave him the nickname Smokey as a baby because he reminded them of the Smokey Stover comic strip character. He was a country boy through and through and loved Boy Scouts, fishing and mischief. Smoke was drafted during the Vietnam War and served in the Army at Ft. Riley in Junction City, Kansas from December 1970 to September 1972.
Smoke married Judi Fogleman on June 12, 1971 and they had two children, Courtney Jay and Craig Dale.
Smoke married Susan McMechan Carr on April 9, 1988 and gained a second daughter, Amanda Beth. Smoke and Susie were best friends and each other’s number one fan. Together they gave their children a beautiful blueprint for how a marriage should be built.
Smoke worked as a mechanic throughout his life and was the owner of Ken’s Car Care in Toledo. While being a mechanic was his trade, his true passion was farming. From his years of helping Guy Fogleman on the farm to tending his garden to collecting fallen pecans, he loved to yield the earth’s harvest. Kenneth loved fishing with brother-in-law Ronnie McMechan, mushroom hunting, and deer hunting with his son, Craig, and son-in-law, Jeff. However, what he loved above all else was anything involving his grandchildren. Smoke’s grandkids were his pride and joy, whether it was making them chocolate chip pancakes before school and pepperoni and cheese crackers after school, running them to practices, or trying to help them appreciate the art of a good Western on TV.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Marion. He is survived by his wife, Susie; children, Craig and Jessica Beaumont of Greenup, Illinois, Amanda and Jeff Borre of Aurora, Illinois, and Courtney Carr and Daniel Huffman of Toledo, Illinois; grandchildren, Michael and Natalie Beaumont, Faith and Thomas Jeffrey Borre, Kenley Carr and Memphis Waggoner; sisters and brother-in-laws, Marlene and Walter Kincaid and Kim and Larry Pankey; and special nieces and nephews.
Kenneth was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mattoon.
Memorials may be made to the Hope House, 1611 Hodiamont Ave, St. Louis, Missouri, 63112 or the Boy Scout Troop #47 in Toledo. Online condolences may be expressed at www.barkleyfuneralchapels.com.
Obituary written by family members.
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