John Howard Kensil 91 of Decatur, IL, formerly of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 12:50 AM Thursday Mar. 3, 2011 in Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL.

Mr. Kensil was born Feb. 20, 1920 in Shelby County, Illinois the son John Thomas and Edith Luck Kensil

He married Mary Nelle Troutman on Mar. 29, 1943 in St. Louis, MO and she passed away Jan. 17, 2000.

John Howard graduated from Shelbyville High School and he was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Co. for his entire working career, first in the East Peoria, IL plantand then in Decatur,. IL when the first caterpillar facility was opened there in 1955. He was a graduate of Caterpillar’s two year apprentice machinist program and held responsibility in the fields of manufacturing, assembly and strategic planning.He was dispatched to the Caterpillar factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil as Assistant Manufacturing Plant Manager and was in country for over three years before returning to Decatur to continue work.He retired from Caterpillar as Plant Superintendent.

John Howard served his country by serving in the United States Marine Corps during WWII.He saw duty on the heavy cruiser, U.S.S. Portland, and saw actionat the Battle of Guadalcanal.

John Howard was a splendid Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great grandfather, Brother and Uncle.He and his beloved Mary loved to travel and he rarely missed his sons, grandsons and great grandsons sporting endeavors.

Surviving are his children: Barbara Kensil of Decatur, IL, Suzanne Fritz of Decatur, IL, Dwight Kensil of San Diego, CA,Edward Kensil and wife Joanne of Lancaster, KY and Ruth Snyder and husband Steven of Dunlap, IL; grandchildren: Mary Luttrell and husband Chad, John Fritz and wife Bobbie,Kimberly Rowell and husband Jared, Laurie Whalen and husband Micah and Stephanie Raiche and husband Nathan; great grandchildren: Conner Luttrell, Chloe Luttrell, Garrett Fritz, Joel Rowell, Bethany Rowell, Abigail Whalen, Noah Whalen, Morgan Raiche and Ezra Raiche; brothers: Jack Kensil of Shelbyville and Robert Kensil land wife Martha of Shelbyville; sisters-in-law Pat Kensil of Shelbyville and Konnie Kensil of Springfield, IL; brother-in-law Tim Welsh of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents J. T and Edith, son-in-law Gary Fritz, sisters Ruby Welsh and June Dickinson and husband Jerry, brothers Dale “Cork” Kensil and wife Pat and Kenneth “Fuzz” Kensil and sister-in-law Gladys Kensil.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM Monday Mar. 7, 2011 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville. John Howard’s son, Pastor Ed Kensil will officiate.Visitation will be from 12:30 PM until time of the service on Monday.Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville. Military rites will be performed by the Shelby County Honor Guard.Memorials can be made to the John and Mary Kensil Delta Chi Scholarship Fund at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston IL c/o Lockart-Green Funeral Home, 302 W. Main Street, Shelbyville, IL 63565.On line condolences may be directed to the family at

The family of John Howard Kensil would like to offer a special thanks to Dr. Stuart Bowers of Peoria, IL, Dr. Dolores Estrada-Garcia of Decatur, IL and Dr. Kenneth Scribner of Decatur, IL for the extraordinary care provided during this difficult time.