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Kenneth E. Martinie

July 26, 1951 ~ November 30, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Kenneth Martinie Obituary

Kenneth Eugene Martinie, 72, of Urbana, IL passed away on Thursday, November 30th at Bement Health Care Center, Bement, IL, and will be lovingly missed by his family and friends. 

Kenny was born on July 26, 1951, in Champaign, Illinois to Carol E. and Karmen J. Trick Martinie.  He was the oldest of four siblings, Kevin Martinie of Antioch, IL, Debra Tiedemann of Monticello, IL, and Jane Cook of Urbana, IL, whom survive him.

Also surviving are brothers Richard (Bobbie) Martinie of Boise, ID, and Tim (Cathy) Martinie of Fulton, MO; nephews Trent (Aubrey) Bowman of Decatur, IL, Glenn Martinie and Jeff (Megan) Martinie, of Kenosha, WI, niece Traci Bowman (Ryan Stenger) of Mont Belvieu, TX; great-nephews Carson Stenger of Mont Belvieu, TX, Neil, Asher, and Jaxon Martinie all of Kenosha, WI, great-niece Addisyn Bowman of Decatur, IL, and bonus great-nephews Dawson and Erick Keeling of Decatur, IL. 

Kenny graduated from Urbana High School, where he earned the nickname “Duck” by his good friend Rex Apperson, followed by two years of service in the U.S. Army. He went on to work as an auto mechanic in the Champaign-Urbana area, followed by several years in the drag racing circuit with various drivers, most notably Jeb Allen. He finished his career as a University of Illinois Transportation Driver, retiring in 2009 after 25+ years. He loved watching drag racing, solving Word Search puzzles, and took great pride in the garden shed he meticulously constructed in his backyard. 

A memorial service will be held to honor Kenny on Monday, December 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 Philo Road, Urbana, IL.

The family would like to thank the 6th floor staff at Carle Foundation Hospital for all their services and efforts in his final stay with them.

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