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Kenneth Michael Mercury

2/3/2024 - 2/3/2024


Kenneth Michael Mercury. Age 76. Recent Campton Hills resident, formerly of Orland Park and Homewood. Born and raised in Chicago, Ashburn area. Graduate of Bogan HS 1965, Undergraduate degree from Chicago Teachers College South now Chicago State University 1968, Graduate degree 1969, and pre-Doctorate from DePaul. Ken taught Physiology, Anatomy, and Ecology at Shepherd HS District 218 for 10 years. He then became a State Farm agent in 1980 in the Beverly/Mt Greenwood area, retiring after 37 years, after winning numerous awards, Top Illinois Trainee Agent 1981, Silver Scroll, Bronze Tablet, Millionaire Club Travel Qualifier 27 years, and the Prestigious Crystal of Excellence upon retirement. Ken believed in honesty and great service. Ken was very proud of his Italian and Polish heritage. He could polka with the best of them. Devoted and active participant at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago’s Little Italy Neighborhood.  Ken enjoyed spending time with his family, and friends whether it was sharing a meal, sporting events with the kids, to making homemade wine and Italian meats. Beloved husband and best friend for 53 years to Christine née Preston, Loving Father to Lynn (Robert) Bruno, Noelle (Richard)Martini and Lea (Michael)Russelle. Wonderful Papa to Sophia, Gianna, and Bianca Bruno, Olivia, Luciano, and Natalia Martini, and AnaMaria Russelle.  Son of Lucille née Zebrowski and Frank (Francisco) Mercury. Brother of Donald (Catherine) Mercury. Friend to many. Lying in state at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W Lexington Ave, Chicago, IL. Saturday February 10,2024 from 9:00 am until time of Funeral Mass at 10:00am. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Kenneth’s name to Shriners Children’s Hospital 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707  ( or Tunnel to Tower Foundation 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306 ( would be appreciated by the Mercury family. Info Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 and 


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