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Kenneth "Ken" Ray Cravens

September 29, 1932 January 5, 2015
Kenneth "Ken" Ray Cravens
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Kenneth R. Ken Cravens, 82, of Mount Carmel, IL, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehab. He was born on September 29, 1932 in Herrin, IL, the son of Clarence and Alice (Veatch) Cravens. He entered the United States Navy on December 11, 1950. During his service Ken earned two medals, the Navy Occupation Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He faithfully served his country until his honorable discharge on September 29, 1954. He married Zanada Tolbert on August 11, 1956 in Mitchellville, IL with Reverend Paul Dann officiating. Ken and Zanada enjoyed fifty eight years of marriage, vacationing to many different places together. They also enjoyed spending time with their children, grandson and great grandchildren. Ken owned and operated Clarks Sheet Metal and Roofing until he retired in 1995. He was very proud of his family especially his grandson and his great grandsons. Ken and his grandson, Matthew enjoyed hunting for deer and quail together. He loved country music and being outdoors. The family would like to extend a special thank you for the compassionate care given to Ken by the staff at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehab, Dr. Ahmed and Dr. Jani. Ken will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Zanada Cravens of Mount Carmel, IL; his son, Kevin Cravens of Santa Barbara, CA; daughter, Connie (David) Clark of Mount Carmel, IL; grandson, Matthew (Natalie) Clark of Olney, IL; great grandchildren, Bryar and Aiden of Olney, IL; brother, John (Beverly) Cravens of Herrin, IL; several nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward Cravens and sister, Betty Jane Elliot. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2015 at Parkview Christian Church, Hwy 1 North, Mount Carmel with Pastor Mark Richison officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Family and friends may gather for a visitation from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00p.m., Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Kens memory to Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies, 11336 N. 1550 Blvd, Mount Carmel, IL 62863. Memorial envelopes will be at the church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863. Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Kens tribute wall and leave online condolences for the Cravens family, please visit
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