Kevin Dale Brodie, 67, passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022, at his home in Jacksonville. He was born December 21, 1954, in Ferris, the son of Royt and Marge Hofmeister Brodie. He graduated from Carthage High School and Illinois College in 1978 with a degree in physical education. While at IC, he played football and made lifelong friends. He immediately began his teaching and coaching career at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville which continued for 31 years.
In 1988, Kevin met the love of his life, Nancy Knepler. They were married on April 4, 1991, and she survives. He is also survived by his son, Aaron (Nikki) Brodie of Carthage, four grandchildren, Payton, Christopher, Ridge, and his “Little Spot” Fawn; five siblings, Steven of Florida, Linda Brewer of Denver, Barbara (Tim) Siddons of Springfield, Julie (Steve) Robards of Newburgh, Indiana, and Jill (Dean) Trone of Alabama; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Rita Gean and Christine, twin brothers Roger and Rodney, and Ron; and special brothers-in-law Jack Skaggs and Jim Brewer.
Kevin was head football coach at ISD for ten years and served for 28 years as head coach of the high school girls track team, and three years as head coach of the junior varsity boys track team. In addition, he was an assistant coach for football, high school girls’ basketball, and junior high and high school wrestling. In 1986, he was selected as National Association of the Deaf Coach of the Year. Kevin retired from ISD in 2009. In 2012, he was inducted into the ISDAA Hall of Fame.
Over the years, Kevin and Nancy enjoyed many camping trips, winter cruises, and trips to Las Vegas. Kevin’s real passion was found in gardening, and they spent countless hours growing and nurturing the produce they would bring to the farmer’s market. Kevin was a founding member of the Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market and continued there for 29 years. His customers knew he was meticulous with the quality of his produce. He loved the market and the many customers, especially the children, who became dear friends over the years. Kevin was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but above all else, Kevin cherished his grandchildren and the time he spent with them.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage with burial to follow at Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage. Per Kevin’s wishes. a Celebration of Life (with his predetermined menu) will be held the following day, Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jacksonville where an interpreter will be available. We extend an invitation to friends and family for both services to celebrate Kevin’s Life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Foundation for Deaf Children. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage, Illinois in charge of local arrangements.
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