Kenneth E. "Ken" Baughman, 65
Kenneth E. "Ken" Baughman, 65, of Groveland, Ill., passed away at 7:53 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 8, 1950, in Lincoln, Ill., to Lloyd K. and Elizabeth J. (Schutz) Baughman. He married Karen K. Wykert on June 30, 1990, in Groveland.
Surviving are his wife Karen Baughman of Groveland; three daughters, Jennifer Lynn Baughman and Deborah Dee Wykert, both of Morton, Ill., and Kay Lea Eddy of Bartonville, Ill.; one grandchild Rylea Wykert of Morton and one granddaughter due in October; his mother, Elizabeth Baughman of Washington, Ill.; one sister Marsha Hedrick of Greencastle, Ind.; one brother Doug (Julie) Baughman of East Peoria, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and his brother-in-law, Charles Hedrick.
Ken retired from project management at Caterpillar Inc. in December 2002 after more than 31 years of service, working in both East Peoria and Burlington, Iowa.
Ken was a strong supporter of the Morton High School Marching Band, devoting much of his time and energy due to his granddaughter's participation as a member of the marching band.
Ken was exceptionally ambitious and an inspiration to many. Aside from his many real estate rentals and "flips" spanning from the mid-1970s to present, his most ambitious venture was when he and his wife purchased a used/worn out 55-foot houseboat in Oklahoma in 2001. Having it shipped to the banks of the Illinois River in Peoria Heights, they set on a several month rehabilitation of what was to become the "Lynn-Dee-Lea" boat and breakfast in Saugatuck.
The "Lynn-Dee-Lea" was the first floating boat and breakfast in the Saugatuck area. That venture rewarded his wife and him with many lasting friendships. Ken's passion for the beach and sun inspired his nickname "Beachbum."
Cremation will be accorded. A celebration of life gathering will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 140 S. Detroit Ave., Morton.
There will be no funeral service. Per Ken's wishes, his cremated remains will be spread on the shores of Lake Michigan at Oval Beach in Saugatuck at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morton Band Parents in care of Greg Lauer, 526 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morton, IL 61550.
To view Ken's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.