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Kenneth Staas

Kenneth E. Staas, 79, of Highland, Il formerly of St. Jacob, born Tuesday, June 3, 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri and passed away at his home in Highland, on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Kenneth was a member of St. Jacob United Church of Christ, St. Jacob.  He retired from SM Wilson in 2004 with 38 years of service.  Kenneth was a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators, Inc..  He was a past member of the St. Jacob Lions Club, past Village of St. Jacob Trustee and  member of the St. Jacob Park Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl R. and Viola (nee Hurst) Staas; brothers, Carl (Esther) Staas, Harold Staas and Wilbert Staas; sister, LaVerne (Raymond) Kaiser; and a brother-in-law, Lenny Vanella.

Surviving are his children, Kevin (Deb) Staas of St. Jacob, Keith (friend-Jennifer Collmann) Staas of Highland, and Karen (Scott) Seger of St. Jacob; his granddaughter, Madelyn; a sister, Dorothy Vanella; and his sister-in-law, Betty Staas; step grandchildren, Brandon (Angel) Seger, Amanda (Kyle) Horstmann, Kristin (Jim Kinsey) Courtney, Amber (Steve Houston) Courtney; and his step great-grandchildren, Zoey, Greer, Reines, Jaxon and Eli.

Memorials may be made to Keystone Cemetery, PO Box 275, St. Jacob, IL  62281 or Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S Illinois St, Belleville, IL 62220.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

COVID-19 restrictions will be followed, masks required, and social distancing.  Please be respectful of time and do not linger so others may pay their respects to the family.

Graveside services will be held 1 pm Wednesday, March 3,2021 at Keystone Cemetery, St. Jacob, IL with Rev. Gary Kniepkamp officiating.

Aebischer-Richeson Funeral Home, St. Jacob, was in charge of the arrangements.

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