Kenneth LeRoy Immekus of Cuba, Missouri was born on Friday, April 4, 1947, in Sullivan, Missouri to the union of William Robert and Kate Anna (George) Immekus. He left from this life on Saturday, May 29, 2021, surrounded by his family at the age of 74 years.
Ken was united in marriage to Orlene Jean Hammack on June 9, 1968, in Sullivan, Missouri. To this union four children were born Gayle, Tracy, Erin, and Lesley.
Ken honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired as a carpenter, he worked several years for Dace Construction in Sullivan and later for the Jones Company as a union carpenter.
Ken grew-up in the construction industry and each of his children learned a bit of construction from his handy man skills. He was always about making things that were enjoyable for his kids and grandkids and coming up with inventions and thinking outside of the box to solve problems. From crates, bathtub, and car hood sleds, to creating obstacles for the kids to jump with the 4-wheeler. He also loved to build playhouses and restoring old lawn mowers for his grandkids to drive. He loved when the family was home and he could plan a good competitive game of frisbee golf or croquet. Tractor and 4-wheeler rides were always fun with grandpa, and he loved supporting the kids at track meets. There was not anything he would not tackle for his grandkids, and he took on the fun of PlayStation joining the kids playing Legos.
In Ken's younger years he learned to roller skate by pushing himself off a wall, learning to skate backwards, first. The roller-skating rink soon hired him because he was such a good skater. He enjoyed teaching his kids to roller skate and they spent many Sunday afternoons at the roller-skating rink. In time, Ken acquired a boat and loved to fish and gig on the Gasconade River in Jerome, Missouri. Ken also enjoyed some kick-back time watching TV shows like, Survivor, and Star-Trek, and could never turn down a good western. He loved to read and to sit down at his computer and play Ages of Empires. Ken was simply a fun-loving guy, and you knew he liked you when you became a recipient of his teasing.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents William Robert "Bob" and Kate Anna (George) Immekus; two sisters Ida Jean Beers and Isabelle Bishop; two brothers Charles and Ronald Immekus; one great-grandchild Rosealeigh Mae Callahan.
Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy are his loving wife Orlene Jean Immekus of the home; four children Gayle Spitzmiller of Cuba, Tracy, and wife Michelle Immekus of Jupiter, Florida, Erin and husband Aaron Schaffer of St. Anthony, Lesley and husband Chuck Kiss of Jefferson City; ten grandchildren Ashley and husband Esten Callahan of Cuba, Stephanie Spitzmiller of Cuba, Ryan Spitzmiller of Great Falls, Montana, Roger Spitzmiller of Cuba, Piper Ryan Immekus of Jupiter, Florida, Everett Schaffer, Andrea Schaffer and Ariel Schaffer all of St. Anthony, Hunter Kiss and Emma Kiss both of Jefferson City; two great-grandchildren Ryan Callahan and Landon Spitzmiller both of Cuba; one sister Roberta Cochran of Columbia; one brother Eugene Immekus of Bourbon; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.
In keeping with his wishes, Ken will be cremated. The family will hold a private memorial gathering.
The Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba is honored to be serving Ken's family.