Kenneth J. Sarsha
May 27, 1941 – July 26, 2019
Kenneth J. Sarsha, 78, of Springfield passed away unexpectedly while running on July 26, 2019. He married the love of his life, Rebecca Sarsha, on May 4, 1991 at Faith Lutheran Church in Springfield, IL. Ken most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was especially close with his grandson “The Boy” and fellow Cubs fan, Jeremy Schaertl Young. Ken relished attending Cubs games with Jeremy at several Midwest ball parks. A sports highlight was their trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
He read three newspapers a day, loved a good political debate, and never stopped learning. Ken loved to tell stories about growing up in his close-knit Waukegan, IL neighborhood. Most of the stories revolved around the Mother of God Church & School, or his Uncle Tippy’s bar. He was proud of his running accomplishment of reaching 25,000 miles in March 2012. He continued running throughout his life. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Evans Scholar, and graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He served in the IL National Guard during the Vietnam era. After college, he began a lengthy career with Sears, Roebuck & Co. which eventually landed him in Springfield as the store Operations Manager. After retiring for several years, he realized it wasn’t for him and returned to work as an accountant. He worked for 20 years, until his death, at The Villas Senior Care Community in Sherman, IL.
Ken looked forward to his Saturday night dinner dates with Becky and listening to live music at Lime Street Cafe.
In addition to his wife, Rebecca, he is survived by two daughters by marriage, Heidi (Bill) Allen, and Amy Schaertl (significant other Lance Jabusch) of Springfield; grandson Jeremy Young of Springfield; grand-daughter Kathryn Meador of Austin, TX; great-granddaughter Denver Skye of Austin; his sister, Sandra Petroshius of Lake Forest, IL; sister-in law, Janet Sarsha of Grayslake, IL; special cousin, Tim Terchek of Wilmette, IL; and other treasured cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dr. Edward Sarsha, DDS; brother-in-law, Lawrence Petroshius, Jr.; and step-daughter Betsy Schaertl Meador (John).
Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, where memorial visitation will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 1 pm until time of the Celebration of Life at 2 pm.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Please visit the online obituary at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
- Charity of the Donor's Choice
- Memorial Gathering Friday, August 2, 2019
- Celebration of Life Friday, August 2, 2019
Kenneth J. Sarsha
July 31, 2019
Becky and family,
So sorry for the loss of your loved one.
Jacqueline Harmon (your backyard neighbor)
July 30, 2019
I was so sorry to hear about Ken. He was a great guy and i enjoyed working with him at Sears. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Jery & Jill Lubick
July 29, 2019
I first met Ken in Springfield in the 1970's. We were fellow employees at Sears and developed a friendship that extended to our families and had a lasting social relationship.
We parted company due to business but always kept in contact. Jill and I recently enjoyed a get together in Springfield with Ken and Becky and that visit will always remain special.
I'll always remember Ken as a man of high integrity. Jerry & Jill