Kerry M. Greenwald
Posted: Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013
CHADWICK — Kerry M. Greenwald, age 66, of Chadwick died Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton. Following his death, Kerry was still able to give back to others by donating his eyes, bones and tissue to the Iowa Donor Network.
Kerry was born on April 21, 1947 in Rochelle the son of B. Morris and Rogene Eloise Greenwald. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School and then attended Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture in 1970. He also completed additional graduate work throughout his life. Kerry was a lifetime member of the SIU Alumni Association and loved watching SIU basketball. He also enjoyed watching professional sports. Kerry married the love of his life, Jeannie O’Malley on April 26, 1969 in Dixon. He worked as an Area Sales Manager for Hughes Hybrids for 40 years, starting when he was 26 years old, and subsequently became a Certified Crop Advisor. Kerry was a member of Hope United Methodist Church in Chadwick. He won numerous awards in his youth through F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H. As he grew older he also won many salesmanship awards, including the Dale Carnegie Award. Kerry enjoyed the farmer dealers he worked with daily. He brightened everyone’s day as soon as he walked through the door. You knew Kerry was in the room because he always made the people around him smile. Kerry’s main purpose in life was to keep his wife, daughters and granddaughters happy. Kerry was very thoughtful, sensitive and tender hearted. He loved taking care of and spending most of his time with his family. Kerry was always looking for a hug from his girls.
Survivors include his wife Jeannie Greenwald of Chadwick, two lovely daughters Angela (Andy) Shaw of Milledgeville, and Jessica Greenwald and husband Peter Schillaci of Davenport, IA, one brother Rick Greenwald of Rochelle and four beautiful granddaughters Ava and Sophie Shaw, and Gracie and Cecilia Schillaci.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson in infancy Anthony Shaw.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Rock Falls.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com