Charles “Bud” Marshall Kenney II, M.D.

Charles “Bud” Marshall Kenney II, M.D., 90, of Springfield, IL passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Saint John’s Hospital ICU, with his devoted wife by his side. He was born November 15, 1931, in Springfield, IL, the son of Charles Marshall and Alberta Mae Hillyard Kenney. He married Janet Kay Cruse on December 26, 1991 and she survives. They were looking forward to celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary with their twin sons, Charles “Charlie” Robert Kenney and William “Will” Marshall Kenney. Bud was very proud of the fact Charlie is a law student and Will is a medical student, both attending the University of Missouri, Columbia.

By a previous marriage, Bud had two daughters, Diane (Brian) Handler and Deirdre “DeeDee” Kenney, and a son, Dr. Charles “Chick” (Dr. Marta) Kenney; three granddaughters, Sarah, Nadia, and Mara; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, George W. Bud is remembered by lifelong friend, Philip Graham Vance (Ragnhild).

He graduated from Springfield High School in 1949. Bud was an outstanding athlete, lettering in track, football, and basketball.

He graduated from Millikin University in 1953, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago in 1958. He was a true visionary, instrumental in introducing CPR to Springfield and the surrounding area. Bud began private practice in Internal Medicine in Springfield in July of 1959, retiring from private practice in February of 2003. He often performed in Medical Madness, a medical charity fundraiser. In 1962 he began to serve as a medical consultant for the Illinois Bureau of Disability Determination Services and continued until his death.

Over the years Bud enjoyed painting, model railroading, traveling (including all 50 United States and multiple countries abroad), sailing, scuba diving, playing the piano, singing in the Springfield Choral Society, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir (where he was a church member for 72 years). He was a longtime member of the American Medical Association, the Sangamon County Medical Association, the Sangamo Club, and Island Bay Yacht Club. A member of the Springfield Road Runners, Bud loved running and ran the Boston Marathon 3 times, completing a total of 26 marathons.

Bud spent time reading, working crossword puzzles, and entertaining guests from all over the world with his wife, Janet. He enjoyed volunteering for the Springfield Commission on International Visitors and the Sister Cities Association of Springfield. Bud had a keen interest in Thich Nhat Hanh (Magnolia Grove Monastery), a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bud believed in diversity, inclusion, and equality. Most importantly, Bud was devoted to mentoring and conversing with his twins, Charlie and Will.

Respecting Bud’s wishes, no services were held.

Cremation has been accorded by Staab Funeral Home – Springfield, IL.

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