Kenneth L. Countryman, 84, of Pecatonica, IL died at 5:35 am Monday January 16, 2017 in Medina Nursing Center. \r\n\r\nHe was born January 25 1932 in Geneseo, IL the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell and Alma (Weber) Countryman. He attended Stateline Grade School, Sharon High School in Sharon, WI and graduated from Winnebago High School class of 1949. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Married the former Sandra D. Swanstrom in Pecatonica, IL on November 15, 1959. \r\n\r\nKen was employed at Gates Rubber Company in Rockford, IL for 18 years. He worked for Mrs. Floy Chapin for 10 years, purchasing Chapin Funeral Home in 1968 and ran it as Chapin-Countryman Funeral Home then operated the business as Kenneth L. Countryman Funeral Home until retiring in 2012. \r\n\r\nHe was a member of First Lutheran Church; Pecatonica Rotary; A.W. Rawson Masonic Lodge #145; Pecatonica Ambulance Association; Treasurer of Village of Pecatonica; Assistant Treasurer of Pecatonica Fire District; Helped establish the Pecatonica Emergency Ambulance Service; Organized the Memorial Day Remembrance Program in Sumner Park in Pecatonica. \r\n\r\nSurvivors include: brother Ronald (Alyce) Countryman; sister Charlene (David) Reckless; nephews Charles (Peggy), Curt (Kathleen), D. William (LaDonna), Dale (Ruth), Bruce (Ellen), Richard Countryman, Scott (Karen) and Dale (Tracy) Reckless; nieces Kay (Stan) Miller, Judy (Jamie) Oakman and Diane Reckless. \r\n\r\nKen predeceased by his parents, his wife of 53 years Sandra, daughter Debra “Deb” Countryman, brother Duane and niece Debra. \r\n\r\nA funeral ceremony will be held at 10:45 am Saturday January 21, 2017 in First Lutheran Church 218 East 6th Street Pecatonica, IL with Reverend Nord Swanstrom officiating. Burial will be in Twelve Mile Grove Cemetery. \r\n\r\nA visitation will be held at McCorkle Funeral Home – Countryman Chapel 529 Washington St. Pecatonica, IL from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm Friday, January 20 and again from 9:30 a.m. until time of ceremonies at the church on Saturday.\r\n\r\nA memorial will be established.