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Kenneth Leo Paoni

April 8, 1944 - July 29, 2010

DAWSON – Kenneth Leo Paoni Sr., age 66, of Dawson, IL died at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2010, at Regency.

He was born on April 8, 1944, in Springfield, IL to Sesto and Cathleen Kracthovell Paoni. He married Pamela Ann Banning on August 1, 1964; she preceded him in death on February 25, 2010.

Kenneth, a resident of Dawson since 1972, retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation, and had been an auto body rebuilder and an insurance adjuster.

Mr. Paoni was a member of St. James Church, Riverton, Abe Lincoln Gun Club, an avid woodworker, craftsman and excellent cook.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jill (Henry) Abel of Illiopolis and Jennifer (Mark) Sudholt of Springfield; son, Kenneth (Leah) Paoni Jr. of Riverton; four granddaughters,

Sophia, Camille and Julianna Abel, and Lexis Rogers; and one grandson, Marshall Abel; sister, Kathleen Evans of Springfield; 1 aunt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His wife; parents; and two brothers, Duke and Donald, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, August 1, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 5 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Church, with Reverend Richard Chiola, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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