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Obituary of Kenneth E. Stilger – Courier-Journal

By meerna Jun12,2024

Kenneth E. Stilger, a valued and respected member of the Louisville community, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2024, at the age of 83, in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Born on September 30, 1940, to Julia and Lester Stilger.

Kenneth’s journey began in Louisville, where he grew up with his siblings and where he later created a life that touched many. His early years were spent with his parents and brothers Paul, Frank, Norman, Walter and Gerald Stilger, all of whom preceded him in death. Kenneth’s beloved wife, Sandy, with whom he spent 51 beautiful years, also preceded him in death. His legacy continues through his devoted sisters, Marlene Fenton and Anna Lee Tolson, who, along with many nieces and nephews, fondly remember him.

A true family man, Kenneth’s pride and joy were his children: Scott (Cheryl), Terry (Debby), Tonia Landherr (Mike) and Shannon Jones (Michael). His role as grandfather to Melissa (Jarboe) Adam, Christopher Stilger (Rachel), Sally Tonini (Xavier), Amanda Taylor (Jared), Sarah Heath (Jimmie), Dara Griggs (Logan), Lana Eagleton (Zach), Mackenzie Wiggins ( Michae)l, Taylor Stilger and Jakob Jones, and as great-grandfather to Nathaniel, Alexander, Evelyn, Grant, Vivienne, Cole, Elle, Emmett, Fitzgerald and Theodore, he was someone he loved with all his heart. Each child and grandchild carries on a piece of Kenneth’s spirit, wisdom and kindness.

Kenneth’s professional life was marked by an entrepreneurial spirit as the owner of Star Drywall and Louisville Drywall. His businesses not only served the community, but also provided for many families over the years. Kenneth’s unwavering work ethic and integrity have been the cornerstones of his successful career.

In addition to his business achievements, Kenneth was a proud Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, a testament to his courage and dedication to his country. His service was characterized by courage and dedication to fellow Marines, values ‚Äč‚Äčthat accompanied him in all aspects of his life.

Kenneth’s interests painted the image of a man who loved the simple pleasures in life. Deer hunting was a passion that allowed him to connect with nature and enjoy moments of solitude and reflection. Reading a good book was another favorite pastime of his, showing his love of learning and intelligent mind.

Described by those who knew him as loving, intelligent and courageous, Kenneth embodied these qualities in every interaction and endeavor. He approached life’s challenges with quiet strength and a warm heart, always willing to help or share a word of encouragement.

As we say goodbye to Kenneth E. Stilger, we celebrate a life well lived and a legacy that will last for generations. He was a pillar of his community, a loving family man and a true hero to many. As we mourn his death, we also console ourselves with the memories and the indelible mark he left on our hearts.

Kenneth’s life story is one of love, service and unwavering strength. We honor his memory and the profound impact he had on all who were fortunate to know him. His spirit will continue to inspire us and his memory will be cherished forever.

Special thanks to Dr. Mark Wheeler and the nursing staff at Baptist East.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Foundation. Judy.

Visitation will be held at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40218 on Friday, June 14 from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, 3926 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY 40213. Kenneth will be buried privately at Resthaven Memorial Park, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40218.

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Published online June 11, 2024

Published in “Kurier”.

By meerna

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