Kennard B. Darte, 94


Kennard B. Darte, 94, of Mt. Clare, died on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care in Gillespie.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home in Benld. Memorial services will follow, beginning at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Due to CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required.

Mr. Darte was born Jan. 19, 1927, in Gillespie, to Fred and Louise (Turigliatto) Darte. He married Beulah N. (Chappell) Darte, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 2011.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. During his civillian career, he worked as a foreman at Laclede Steel.

Mr. Darte is survived by his son-in-law, Rickey Rhodes; grandchildren, Shannon Willis, Jason Darte and Jonathan (Jamie) Rhodes; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Willis, Kobe Willis, Rickey Rhodes, Connor Darte, Hailey Rhodes, Belle Rhodes, Aidan Willis and Karlee Rhodes; and twin brother, Kenneth Darte of Benld.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Pam Darte; daughter, Patricia Rhodes; grandson-in-law, Rodney Willis; brother, Alfred Darte; and sisters, Leona Gaudio and Beatrice Firth.

Memorials may be directed to the funeral home.

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