Kenneth John Garry

Born: Sun., Aug. 9, 1942
Died: Fri., Jan. 23, 2015


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
Location: Redbrush Christian Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
Location: Redbrush Christian Church

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Dr. Kenneth John Garry, Jr., age 72, of Effingham, IL, died Friday January 23, 2015 at 5:45 AM at his residence in Effingham following a long battle with cancer.

Born August 9, 1942 in Oak Park, Illinois, he was the son of Kenneth J. and Lucille (Tuscher) Garry, Sr.  

Kenneth Gary, a veteran of the U.S. Army, had a long and distinguished career in public broadcasting.  His education included a B.A. in economics and history in 1964 from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN; a M.S. in broadcasting in 1966 from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN and a Ph.D. in instructional technology and higher education in 1982 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.  Dr. Garry taught numerous radio and television courses and filled a variety of positions including Station Manager, Director of Development and Ascertainment for WSIU/WUSI FM/TV and General Manager of WUSI TV/FM.  In 1996, he was appointed President and General Manager of WCTE-TV in Cookeville, TN.  He was nationally recognized by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for his unusually high acceptance rate in competitive grant writing.  While at Southern Illinois University, he garnered over two million dollars for the university’s broadcasting system.  

Ken’s affinity for procuring, retaining, gifting useful yet esoteric items is legendary among family and friends.  He was epically fond of sock monkeys, pink flamingos, Tweety Bird, and talking toys.  He would carefully craft dimly lit displays of these toys incorporating other nostalgic memorabilia from his collection.  His silly sense of humor highlighted his creativity and his love of bringing joy and laughter to others.

He is survived by his wife C. Janis (Johnson) Cox; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth John and Sharon Garry, Houston, TX; Daniel P. Garry, Little Rock, AR; daughter, Megan Garry, Carbondale, IL; step-sons, Jeff and Debbie Cox, Louisville, IL; Bryan and Danette Cox, Dietrich, IL; Eric Cox, Flora, IL; step-daughter, Ellen and David Lin, Savoy, IL; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Jim Chiappetta, Tinley, Park, IL; seventeen grandchildren; five great grandchildren and three nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am January 31, 2015 at the Redbrush Christian Church in Louisville, IL, with Bro. Donnie Davidson officiating. A time of visitation will be observed from 10:00 am until the time of services at 11:00 at the Church. Interment of cremated remains will follow at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.

Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, in charge of arrangements.

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Candis Isberner
   Posted Mon February 02, 2015
Janis and family: I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. We worked together for many years at WSIU Public Broadcasting, especially on grant collaborations. My thoughts are with you from Florida. Candy Isberner

Ed Subkis
   Posted Thu February 12, 2015
My deepest sympathy to Ken's family. I was shocked to hear of his passing. Ken hired me at WSIU FM in 1976 - my first full-time job in public radio. He was a true mentor and a friend. I learned so much from Ken - professionally and as a person. His influence continues in the work I do today.

   Posted Sun March 08, 2015
I was shocked to learn of the passing of my long-time dear friend Ken Garry. In recent years, I had lost contact, but always fondly remembered our friendship. I was Ken's program director at WSIU-FM (1973-75). As noted in one of his obits, he had a wonderful sense of humor, was generous, and kind. My heartfelt condolences to his family, especially to his son Ken, and Meagan, who I met many times at their home in Carbondale. My prayers and thoughts to all who loved and cared about Ken.

   Posted Sun March 08, 2015
I was shocked to learn of the passing of my dear and long time friend, Ken Garry. I was Ken's program director at WSIU-FM (1973-75). In recent years, I had lost contact, which I regret. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to his family, especially his son Ken, and daughter Meagan, who I had met on many occasions when visiting their home in Carbondale.
My prayers and thoughts are with Ken's family.

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