Kenneth E. Vail


Kenneth E. Vail, 84, of Altamont, died at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Lakeland Health and Rehabilitation Center, Effingham.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 11, at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Kevin Knierim officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Methodist Cemetery, rural Altamont with military rites by Gieseking-Schwerdtfeger V.F.W. Post 7676. Visitation will be for two hours prior to service time. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Kenneth was born on Saturday, July 23, 1932 in Shumway, Ill., to Walter W. and Jessie (Workman) Vail. He married Pauline Higgs on Nov. 3, 1951 in Altamont. He was a member of Salem Methodist Church, rural Altamont, served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from World Color Press, Effingham.

Surviving him are his wife of over 65 years, Pauline, of Altamont; son, Bradford E. Vail and his wife Shirley of Oak Harbor, Wash.; daughter, Connie Van Zanten and her husband Jack of Chester, Va.; brothers, Ralph Vail and his wife Florence of Effingham, Gary Vail and his wife Jane of Charlotte, N.C., Darrell W. Vail of Altamont; sisters, Evea Davidson and her husband Arthur of Carmi, Mary Kienietz of Clifton, Colo., and Lois Smith and her husband Jim of O’Fallon, Ill.; three grandchildren, Matthew Van Zanten and his wife Angie, Hank Van Zanten, and Heidi Van Zanten; two great-grandchildren, Andra and Lane Van Zanten and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert Vail, Richard Vail and Donald Vail and sister, Virginia Holland.

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