Meents

Edwin “Ed” Walter Meents, 90, of Kankakee (Limestone), IL, passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Riverside Senior Life, Bourbonnais, IL. Visitation wasfrom 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, May 20th, at Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home, west Kankakee, and from 9 am until the 10 am funeral service on Friday, May 21 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bradley, IL. Burial will be at Limestone Cemetery, Limestone Township, IL. 

Ed was born March 30, 1931, in Ashkum, IL, the son of Walter and Agnes Meents. He married Perna Lee Pare Meents on Aug. 9, 1952, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL. She died November 1, 2013. 

Ed graduated from Gilman High School and University of Illinois as an accounting/finance major and was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. A Korean War era army veteran, he worked for Caterpillar, David Bradley and retired as Controller for Roper Corp. in Kankakee and was a farmer in Iroquois County. He was very involved in the community as a precinct committeeman, Herscher school district board member, Limestone township supervisor, member of the Kankakee County Board, and a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bradley, where he had been president, treasurer and Sunday school teacher. Ed was a founding member of the Prairieview Lutheran Home in Danforth and served as the first treasurer. He actively donated his time with the Salvation Army (mini red kettle man), Kiwanis (“Mr. Peanut” multiple awards), Lions, and other charitable organizations. 

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Marcie and Michael Kolberg, Limestone, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Mark and Donna Meents, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Scott Meents (Colleen Davis), Moline; five grandchildren, Lisa Barry, Paris, France, Courtney Kolberg (Adam) Duda, Limestone, Jason (Delaney) Kolberg, Davenport, IA, Mekena Herrera of Seattle, WA, and Mason Meents, Moline; two great-grandchildren, Alessandra Barry and Shelby Lee Duda; sister-in-law Lorraine Meents, Ashkum; and brother-in-law, Robert (Nancy) Pare, Bloomington, IL. His wife (Perna Lee), both parents (Walter and Agnes) and brother (Vernon) preceded him in death. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Prairieview Lutheran Home.