Keith J. McKenna

February 28, 1985December 10, 2012

Keith McKenna, 27, of Crystal Lake, passed away Monday, December 10, 2012 in Normal, IL.

Keith was born on February 28, 1985 in Waterbury, Connecticut to William and Leigh (Garra) McKenna. He was a graduate of Prairie Ridge High School where he sang in the Madrigals. He was a self-taught cook who was passionate about improving his recipes, both at for his job at Illinois State University and for his family. He loved movies and had many hobbies, including videogames, Legos, hiking, and bike riding. He continued his love of music and singing throughout his life. He was a proud member of MENSA.

Keith is survived by his parents, Will and Leigh McKenna; his siblings, Kevin, Craig, and Katie; his paternal grandma, Claudia McKenna; his aunts Holly (Dennis Callahan) Greye, Chris (James) Sharak, and Claudia (Sal) Laterza; his uncles Joseph Garra, Bryan (Lisa) Garra, and Robert McKenna; many cousins including Chris Garra and Jessica Jaber; and his dear friends Francis and Ivy.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leta and Joseph Garra, and his paternal grandfather, Robert McKenna.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm on Saturday, December 15 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. A funeral service will be held at 7 pm.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Renee Schulz

December 18, 2012

Our hearts are breaking for you all. We remember all our boys hanging out and singing together in Jr High before they were all split up to the different high schools. We send our love and pray God surrounds you with His love.

Phoebe Davis

December 18, 2012

If I had a brother or a son, I'd want one just like Keith. I will miss the conversations we had and his goofy questions like, "Would you rather be a human with a dog head or a dog with a human head?" I will miss his intelligence, his humor, the bounce in his step, the way his smile lit up his whole face. I am profoundly sorry for your loss.


December 15, 2012

My family & I offer our heartfelt condolences. Keith touched many lives, and will be greatly missed. May the God of all comfort be with you all during your time of grief.( 2 cor 1:3)

Sally Kinsinger

December 15, 2012

I will miss you so, Keith! You were such a good friend to me when I worked w/ you at Southside at ISU. I will never forget all the help you gave to me in that difficult time..prayer to your family in this difficult time. Sally Kinsinger a cook at Watterson Towers ISU

December 15, 2012

So sorry for your loss Leigh and family. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Judy, J.J. and Jillian Wett and families

Amy Saros

December 15, 2012

Keith, You were one of my favorite people to work with. You were a great advice giver and teacher. I will cherish the silly conversations and jokes that made the shifts shorter and my day lighter. You will be missed.
My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Joyce Muzzillo

December 15, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you

Joyce Muzzillo

December 15, 2012

I am so SORRY for your loss We were really shocked to see Keith in the Obituaries Our Thought and Prayers are with all of the family

The Nixon Family

December 15, 2012

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the McKenna's during this very difficult time while they mourn the death of their beloved Keith. Your photo gallery depicts a family who had lots of fun together, as well as a family full of love for one another. May you always be comforted by these precious memories of your family and by the love you receive from those around you.

Barb Murrell

December 14, 2012

Keith I will miss you. My heart goes
out to your family.I'll never forget the bounce in your step!