Kenneth E. Cradduck


STEWARD - Kenneth E. Cradduck, 82, of Steward passed away peacefully Oct. 1, 2020 at Heritage Health Hospice Home in Mendota.

Due to the coronavirus, there will be a private funeral service on Oct. 6 at Restland Cemetery in Mendota with Pastor Ken Foster officiating.

Kenneth was born Oct. 20, 1937 in Mendota to Earl and Erma (Mittan) Cradduck. He married Lonnie Grover on June 28, 1975 in Big Rock. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include two sons, Leroy (Sheila) Cradduck of Oak Harbor, Wash. and Dante Cradduck of California; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Grover of DeKalb; a niece, Chantel (Jim) Jones of Peoria; a nephew, Carson (Vicky) Cradduck of Mount Prospect; and several more nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandchildren. He was a proud grandpa to “his boys,” grandsons Gabriel, Alexander, Lukas and Henry Johnston.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his father- and mother-in-law, Ike and Elizabeth (Morris) Grover; one brother, Dennis; and a sister-in-law, Anita.

Kenneth was a 1955 graduate of Paw Paw High School. Right after graduation he worked as a packer at General Electric in DeKalb for a couple of years. He farmed together with his brother for over 40 years near Paw Paw, retiring in 2003. During that time, he also maintained the gravel roads in his township. He loved to drive and he took any opportunity to be behind a tractor - helping to fill a pothole after a heavy rainstorm, plowing neighbors’ driveways free after a snowfall, or helping his daughter-in-law pull her car out of the ditch. He enjoyed collecting die-cast tractors, trucks and pretty much anything that had a John Deere emblem on it. He was a regular at the local coffee spot in the mornings and loved to be around friends and meet new people. He never missed a school musical, winter concert or other school event, especially when his grandchildren were involved in them. He was also an enthusiastic gardener, finding joy in tending to his vegetable plants and sharing them amongst family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw. Please visit to sign the online guest book.