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Kenneth F. Flowers, 88, passed away 3:40 am, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at his residence..

Born in Carrollton on September 1, 1929, he was the son of Jesse and Ethel (Hires) Flowers.

He had been a route salesman for Pepsi-Cola for 45 years, then for Flowers Distributing for 15 years before retiring in 1992.  He enjoyed working, keeping his yard tidy and manicured. He was thankful for the gift of being able to spend Easter with his family.

Kenneth was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River where he had served as an Elder, Chairman of the Congregation and Sunday School Superintendent.

On March 27, 1948 in Carrollton, he married Irene  E. Gansz and recently celebrated their 70th anniversary together.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Donald (Brenda) Flowers of Springfield; daughters, Peggy (Robert) Searles, Patricia (Donald) McReynolds all of Wood River; seven grandchildren, Clinton Flower, Casey (Shaun) Murray, Mitchell Flowers (Caitlin), , Robert Searles, Carrie Searles, Kelly (Ron) May, Christopher (Lindsey) McReynolds; eight great-grandchildren, Nickolus Westerhold, Emily Westerhold, Luke Westerhold, Carter Towler, Olivia Murray, Abigale Murray, Collin Flowers, Aunicka Flowers; brother, Harry D. Flowers of Carrollton; and sister, Eva McFane of Carrollton.

His parents; four brothers, Murrel, James, Keith and Jerry Flowers and two sisters, Iomgene Welch and Viola Cadle preceded in death.

The family wishes to thank the staff of OSF St. Anthony's Hospice, especially Becky and Nancy, for all of their care and compassion for the past year.

Visitation will be from 4-8 pm Friday, May 11 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River where services will be held at 10 am, Saturday.  Pastor George Gude will officiate.

Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the William BeDell Center in Wood River.