GOODFIELD — Kenneth Coulter, 93, of Goodfield, passed away at 11:09 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14, 2015) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Goodfield Community Church, with the Revs. Chuck and Adam Wilson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka and one hour prior to service Wednesday at church. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery, Eureka.
He was born April 2, 1922, in Goodfield, a son of Isaac and Launa Robinson Coulter. He married Madeline Schurter on April 6, 1947, in Goodfield. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Coleen (Jim) Morris, Congerville; Sheri (Dick, deceased) Spader, Rosendale, Mo.; Kenneth (Ann) Coulter, Elmwood; and Kevin (Mary) Coulter, Goodfield; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Bade, and Kay Coulter.
Ken enjoyed serving his Lord first and foremost, and was a member of the Goodfield Baptist Church, which his grandfather, H.M. Robinson, built for his workers. The farm of H.M. is known as the Brick House and Conklin Dinner Theater now. He served as a deacon, moderator, Sunday school teacher for children and adults. He went to Taylorville schools and graduated from Goodfield High School. He also attended Purdue University in Indiana.
He was a longtime member of the Central Illinois Angus Association, American Angus Association, National Cattleman's Association, Woodford County Farm Bureau and the American Legion in Eureka. He served as secretary of the Central Illinois Angus Association for more than 20 years. He was a 4-H leader for 25 years, served as beef superintendent for the state fair and conducted the Governor's Champion Livestock auction for eight years. He also served on the Heart of Illinois Fair board and auctioned off the champions for many years. He was a broker in his own company, Ken Coulter and Associates, with his wife as his partner. They farmed, raised and showed Angus cattle with their family.
He organized the first Mennonite Relief Sale at the Central Illinois Angus barn (now gone) when asked by Clarence Yordy and John Roth. He auctioned and helped organize the sale for almost 40 years. He helped with other charities such as the Advocate Hospital Auction in Eureka, the Youth Farm sale for more than 30 years and the Maple Lawn sale in Eureka. He auctioned when requested for many other charities, hog and Angus sales in many states.
He was a pilot in World War II, served as a second lieutenant and flew B-25s in the Eastern Air Command from September 1943 to January 1945 He was one of 10, from Douglas, Ga., selected to attend West Point for his pilot training.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Goodfield Community Church, formerly Goodfield Baptist Church; the chapel at Advocate Eureka Hospital; or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be directed to his family at www.argoruestmanharris.com.