Kenneth E. Gilpin, 80, of Taylorville, passed away September 24, 2012 at 7:45pm at Heartland Care Center in Decatur.  He was born November 2, 1931 in Taylorville, IL. the son of Ambrose and Mary Ethel (Reed) Gilpin.  He married Jane Schnute in March, 1953 in Taylorville.  He was a retired Purchasing Agent and Transportation Coordinator at Wilkins Pipe and Supplies in Decatur.  He was a member of the Blue Mound Masonic Lodge 682 A.F. & A.M., Valley Springfield Consistory, Ansar Shrine, Past President of Decatur Shrine Club, Christian County Shrine Club, Shelby County Shrine Club, VFW Post 4495, American Legion Post 73 and the Purchasing Management Association.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; daughters Diana McLemore of Taylorville, Carol Mulvain of Urbana and Cathy Kaigley of Dalton City; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Kenny Gilpin; four brothers, Otis, Earl, Homer, and Ronnie Gilpin; two sisters, Mabel Church and Lillian Kester.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:00am at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. David Anderson officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Visitation will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 - 11am with Masonic Rites at 10:45am at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. 

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.  Sign on-line guest book at  Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.

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