Obituary: Kenny L. Loquist

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April 21, 1941 – October 10, 2022

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Obituary: Kenny L. Loquist

Kenny L. Loquist, age 81, of 262 Hanburg Lane, Bolingbrook, Illinois, passed away at his home on October 10, 2022, at 5:00pm. He was born April 21, 1941, the son of George Wallace (Wally) and Anne (Larson) Loquist. He married Jane Martin, the daughter of Herman and Gertrude (Van Tamlen) Martin on January 30, 1965, in Lansing, IL. He is survived by two daughters: Kara Loquist of Chicago, IL, and Kate (John) Harvey of Bolingbrook, IL; one son, Andrew Loquist of Chicago, IL; five grandchildren: Jacob, Sam, Emma, and Sarah Harvey, all of Bolingbrook, and Walker Loquist of Chicago; and one sister, Kristi Omar of Gretna, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother Keith (Smoky) Loquist.

Ken lived his early life in Galesburg, IL. In 1953 his family moved to Lansing, where he graduated from TF South High School in 1959. He served as a merchant marine before attending Northern Illinois University where he graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. He became a CPA and a professor of accounting in the College of Business at Western Illinois University where he taught from 1974 until his retirement in 2001. He was a Mason, an Elk, and a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Private burial of ashes will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Galesburg, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America or Angels Grace Hospice of Bolingbrook. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McCauley-Sullivan Funeral Home & Crematorium.

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  1. Ken Loquist was a very good friend who attended TF South and Northern Illinois University at the same time I did. I can attest to Ken being a Cubs fan, as I still have the memory of when Ken, Richard Christian, and I were glued to the TV at his home on Madison St. for the full nine innings when Don Cardwell pitched his no-hitter. I can also attest to the fact that he always knew how to be gainfully employed, first as an apprentice butcher at a local supermarket. After doing that for a while, he and Rich Christian went off to work on the ore boats that sailed the Great Lakes. Finally, after attending NIU, he became an accountant and then, as the obituary said, he went on to become a professor of Accounting at Western Illinois University. I think my most vivid memory of Ken at NIU was the night that he, his wife Jane, and I went to see Marcel Marceau create amazing universes by miming on the main stage at the university’s student center. Afterwards, Ken, Jane and I stood with dozens of people afterwards, staring at the empty stage that, aided only by Marceau himself, created romance, war, death, and triumph.

    He was a lifelong friend, someone who made my life richer just by being there.

    Frank Fetters

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