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Kenneth Raymond Krejci (1946 - 2019)

Kenneth Raymond Krejci
May 6, 1946 - November 3, 2019
Macon, GA- Kenneth Raymond Krejci, age 73--beloved husband, father, grandfather, educator, musician, neighbor, friend, and lifelong Chicago Bears fan--passed away peacefully on November 3, 2019, at Regency Hospital in Macon after an extended illness. Ken was born on May 6, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois to Frank and Irene (Doering) Krejci. He was preceded in death by his
parents and is survived by his wife Ann (whom he married on June 28, 1980 in West Salem, Illinois), his son Kyle and daughter-in-law Mindy, his two grandsons Calder and Silas, his brother Ron Krejci (of Lombard, Illinois), his sister Joyce and husband David Doemland (of Westmont, Illinois), and several nephews and nieces.
Ken graduated from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois in 1964 and then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he majored in music education, played trumpet in the university bands, and was a proud member of the Marching Illini. Upon his graduation in 1968, Ken began his 35-year career as a school band director in North Chicago, Illinois. His career took him to Villa Grove Community School District, Champaign
Central High School, Arcola Community School District, and back to Villa Grove before his retirement in 2005. Besides teaching, Ken directed the Villa Grove United Methodist Church Choir for 16 years, and was involved with the Villa Grove Community Theater as a musician, actor, and board member. He was a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu, the national honorary band fraternity.
Ken and his wife moved to Macon from Illinois in 2015 to be near their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. During his time in Macon, Ken volunteered hundreds of hours with the band program at First Presbyterian Day School and the Macon Youth Symphony Orchestra. He alsodeveloped a taste for Chick-fil-A sandwiches, a passion for UGA football, and a keen interest in Civil War history. His greatest joy, though, was being "Pop" to his two grandsons, playing toy trains and blowing bubbles with them.
Besides his family, Ken's legacy will be the thousands of students that he taught during his career. His passion and ability for instilling an appreciation for music--and in particular, an appreciation for jazz--in his students was unmatched.
His deep knowledge of music, authentic compassion, and penchant for lame jokes made him a favorite teacher for many students and a favorite coworker to many teachers and administrators over the years.
Ken's rich and varied life will be celebrated on November 17, 2019, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm at Cathedral Coffee at Northway Church, 5915 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31210 when the family will informally welcome visitors. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ken's honor to the band program at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon.

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12/07/19 12:15 PM #1    

Peter Milio (Milio)

Ken was a good friend in high school and college, we roomed together for several semesters at U of I.  He was an all around good guy and deeply devoted to music.  I will miss him and sorry that we lost touch several years ago.  My thoughts are with Ken's family and I wish them well. Peter Milio



12/08/19 12:27 PM #2    

Ruth A. Lee (Copp)

I remember Ken from Pleasantdale grade school. Sorry to hear this, but it's good to know about his life after 1964.

12/09/19 11:03 AM #3    

Arthur S. Buswell

The summer before high school Ken Krejci, Ken's younger brother (Ron), Bob Hershman and I had activities every day.  So much outdoor space in the newly settled Western Suburbs.  Large lots (or empty lots) served for baseball and football.  No matter if the game spilled onto a private yard; there were no fences.  Indoors we had pingpong tables and table hockey.  I can still hear an "OOOhhhh!!" in unison at a dropped pass or a pingpong smash.

On TV we had Jack Brickhouse broadcasting baseball.  Ken was a big baseball fan.  He kept a score card of many Cub games and at the end of the season he would calculate his own player batting averages.

At Bob's home we listened to Kingston Trio albums and laughed at the Jonathan Winters comedy records.  From Ken's record player we heard legendary trumpet player Rafael Mendez and Miles Davis.  {The young Ken Krejci pronounced "Rafael" as "ray-fil".}  Recall that trumpet was Ken's instrument.  He really liked the trumpet solo from the song "You Made Me Love You"--likely the Harry James version.  Again and again I saw his interest in music.  I viewed an installment of the Leonard Bernsetin's "Young Peoples Concerts" at his home.

On one occasion a pop song on the radio ended by fading in repetition.  Ken was clear:  "That is cheap.  They should compose a musically meaningful ending!"

We were 13 to 14 years old.  When I told my parents, "I am going to Ken's", there was total approval.  Ken was not brash or pushy; he was easy to be with; he fit into a group.  That is called maturity.

I am sure Ken was as wonderful a man as he was, when I knew him, as a boy.  I am sorry he is gone.

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