Let the memory of Kenneth be with us forever.
  • Passed away on August 3, 2019 .
This memorial website was created in loving memory of Kenneth Casey. Ken was many things to many people, and in addition to being a wonderful husband he will be remembered by others as a devoted friend, "life coach", mentor and supporter of his family. We will remember him forever. Please take a moment to share a story or photo of Ken, or leave a tribute.

The memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Chicago, IL.  The venue is the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront hotel, located at 71 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601.  The memorial service will be held in the Penthouse Ballroom on the 39th floor
Please note the following:
Arrival time: 10:00a - 11:00a
Service starts: 11:00a
Service ends: 1:00p
Parking at the Wyndham Grand is $32 per day and $67 overnight.  Please plan accordingly.
Posted by Debra Wilkinson on August 24, 2019


Nadene, although I’ve never met Ken, I’ve heard so many wonderful things about him. Ken was indeed a loving husband, friend, brother and mentor.

Ken “fought the good fight, finished the course and through it all, kept the faith.”

Ken would be deeply missed. Please accept our deepest sympathies, and may God comfort you and your family. May the loving memories of Ken live on forever.
Posted by L Jackson on August 16, 2019
8/16/2019, Peace and Blessings Cousin Nadene... with full hearts we extend our arms, hearts and spirit to you and all who are feeling the emotions of missing our gentle giant of a man, Cousin Kenny... We continue to pray for the God who can keep us all from falling to watch over us. Our Dear Cousin Kenny had his own personal Angel when he needed one most, we are grateful. We saw how much he cared for you in his patience and attentiveness towards your needs and we are grateful. We have much to cherish and we are still grateful.  Cousin Kenny, was a card of many colors and we are grateful... With hearts full of love, what a guy...! He is resting in peace, no pain. By and by... lets us also be in comfort in his peace. Shalom
Posted by Claudet Walker Fennell on August 16, 2019
Nadene, I am so very sorry for your loss, I am also glad Ken and I got to spend some time together when he came and picked me up from the hotel in January, but coming in March and we got to spend the best time together seeing things, buildings and learning so much more, I thank you Ken for those wonderful days you and Nadene spent with me. I didn't know that would be our last time spending together, but God knows, so now you sleep as long as you want because when you are awake you will have a great job to do, so until we meet again you will always be remembered by your wife Nadene and all who loved you
Posted by Oliver Franklin Sr. on August 16, 2019
Our prayers and condolences go out to Ken's family and friends. Rest in Peace my brother you will be missed.
Posted by Nomathemba Chapman Armstr... on August 15, 2019
My sincere condolences to Nadene, family and friends. I have such wonderful memories of Ken. He was such a kind, caring and gentle spirit. He brought out the best in Nadene and she brought out the best in him. Ken, you are gone but definitely not forgotten. Rest in peace, my friend.
Posted by Karen Graham on August 15, 2019
Nadene my most sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss. May the Lord bless you and keep you during this difficult time of grief. My heart truly goes out to you
Posted by Yolanda Jackson on August 15, 2019
I enjoyed reading all of the wonderful tributes about my dear cousin Ken. Sending love and a hug to Nadene during this difficult time. If I had known the last time I would see Ken was at my uncles memorial I would have hugged him a little tighter. Rest well cuz, love you!
Posted by Kerl LaJeune on August 15, 2019
Classmate, Friend, roommate, confident, business partner, and so much more. Ken will be missed.
Condolences to you Nadene and the unfortunate loss of a great man. See ya soon
Posted by Sarah Malone on August 14, 2019
Life.....so fragile, Loss....so sudden, Heart....so broken. In the wake of such a loss, we are haunted by things we don’t, and may never understand. Yet the solace we seek may not come from answers. So we look for comfort in the belief of love's everlasting connection. May that love lift you and hold you close, and give you peace. Holding you in my prayers.
Posted by Menervah Taylor on August 13, 2019
Condolences to Nadine, family and friends. Ken's early departure from our midst has shaken everyone to their core. He will be sorely missed, but his memories will live on forever. May his soul rest in eternal peace...Menervah & Linval.
Posted by Marie Gilliam on August 13, 2019
Please know Nadene that I am praying daily for you. Ken will be missed by many, but I know he was your true love! Please don't ever hesitate to reach out, I love you
Posted by Michelle Rankins on August 13, 2019
We lost a great light, Ken was an wonderful mentor and friend, he represented the very best of us through his unwavering humanity, and love, he will truly be missed, my sincere condolences to Nadene and the Casey family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Carmen Faczek on August 13, 2019
Nadine and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Ken was a wonderful man. Through our home addition project we got to know him. As a matter-of-fact, he inspired our oldest son to seek a career in Architecture. We will forever be grateful for the opportunity and time we had to get to know him. He will live on in our memories as the caring and fun loving guy we met so many years ago. May God send comfort and peace to the family, as now Ken is resting without pain or anxiety.
Posted by Blossom Alford on August 12, 2019
Nadene,my Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Gale Saulsberry on August 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy for the passing of your husband, Ken. May God provide comfort for you and the family during this difficult time.
Posted by Ingrid Sanders on August 12, 2019
Nadine, I am so sad to hear this news. Ken was an amazing man--a superhero! I'm going to miss seeing him at the Chicago Bungalow Association Seminars...sending tight hugs and love to you.
Posted by Patricia Arthur on August 12, 2019
Nadene,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure to meet Ken, but I know that he was a wonderful person, and that you loved him with all your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May he rest peacefully in heaven where there is no more pain, suffering, or sorrow. He's in a great place; he's in God's hands.
Posted by Claudia Johnson on August 11, 2019
Gone too soon (bil). I am gonna miss calling Nadene and hear your fake Jamaican accent, your jokes and your sarcasm. So sore bil and continue to be Nadene’s angel here on earth . Good bye Ken Casey (bil) Keep Smiling on the other side you are truly missed
Posted by Craig Cernek on August 10, 2019
Ken was a trusted colleague and a good friend as we met and worked together in AIA Chicago's small practitioners group. His many shared gifts of talent, generosity, and laughter will be truly missed. In one hilarious moment, Ken almost tossed a dinner roll across the table to me at a fancy AIA event… but of course he was ultimately too dignified. Merci pour tout mon ami! Please accept my deepest condolences Nadene.
Posted by Michael Dowd on August 9, 2019
Rest in Peace Ken,
You will always be the true definition of a friend, mentor, leader & loving husband. You will be missed.
Posted by Kenny Neal on August 9, 2019
I met Ken C. in 1999 when I came on board as an INOMA member for the first time. My immediate impression of Ken C. was that he was one of the most selfless people I have ever met. Always giving more of himself, whether it was professional advice, mentoring students, or just being there for you, no matter the circumstance. When Ken C. would need assistance on a project in which he was spearheading, there was no hesitation on my part to lend a hand when he asked me. Who could say "No" to Ken Casey! A true INOMA giant indeed. An architect's architect! When one thinks of the NOMA chapter in Chicago, the first names that would come to mind would be Ken Casey, Bryan Hudson, Erroll and Ameera O'Neil, Billy McGhee, the Smiths and some of the other "old school" architects. To say he would be sorely missed would be a major understatement. Godspeed to you, my brother!
Posted by MaryAlice Paglione on August 9, 2019
Nadine I met Ken a few times and he was always gracious and kind. He will be missed by many. Thoughts are with you
Posted by Joan M Chambers on August 9, 2019
Ken was a portrait of whom a caring, loving, understanding and great husband should be. He possessed all those traits & many more that I observed in his interactions with my daughter Nadene over the years of their union in marriage. I am ever so proud of Nadene for the many roles she played so very well during Ken's many months of illness, from being his nurse, advocate, wife & everything else until the end of his life. Keep strong Nadene.
Gone too soon, Ken, just was not ready to say goodbye to my beloved son in law who is now in heaven. I am assured that the clouds of grief will lessen with time. Rest In Peace Ken, we love you & will never forget you, but God loves you more.
Posted by Tony Dillon on August 8, 2019
Impeccable integrity. Unwavering loyalty. Unmatched character. Ken was the best of all of us, and his absence will be felt for generations. 

Rest peacefully my friend...
Posted by Joan Elcock on August 8, 2019
So very sorry for your loss, Nadene. Ken will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his mild manner, but he's at peace now. May he rest well. Sending my condolences to the family and praying for your comfort at this sad time.
Posted by Frank Michalski on August 7, 2019
Ken was a great colleague, who always had a smile, laugh or something positive to say. A dedicated architect, he was serious about his work, but never heavy handed. Always enjoyed working with him in all the AIA stuff - will be greatly missed.
Posted by Ameera O'Neil on August 7, 2019
Nadene, this is for you. I've known Ken since 1989 via INOMA. He inserted himself in my life providing unsolicited brotherly advice and profound friend wisdom to me, as a young single mother. He talked me into working for Bob Andrews and possibly the CDB. His laid back way of living and dispensing life advice while asking for nothing in return was classy. When Erroll and I set our wedding date, he insisted on driving Shahiedah and me to the temple. We were nearly late because we got lost and was stopped by the police for speeding trying to make it on time. We had a banter that was exhausting over seemingly the weirdest things, except Star Trek. I still "Thank you, for taking him off the market". He needed to come home to you. He could follow his dreams because of you and wanted to share that with others. Your love, logic, order and advocacy for Ken is etched in my memory. I love you for caring for my "briend" (brother-friend). I will miss him so very much, will remember him forever and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here's to love and memories- forever.
Posted by Felicia Lopez-Walker on August 7, 2019
Nadene,
I hope you are feeling the love from so many beautiful tributes to Ken. He will forever live in our memories and in our hearts.
It is fitting that we were laughing so hard the last time we were together. Ken’s witty sense of humor (and face) said it all that night! Ken will remind me to smile and laugh at the good times. Thank you for that, my friend. Missing you.
Prayers to you and the family.
Posted by Donna Mitchell on August 7, 2019
Ken will be missed.
Respected, loved and always thoughtful!
Fun memories, interesting conversations and plenty of debates.
Condolences to Nadene and the Casey family.
Donna Mitchell
Posted by Samantha Tierney on August 7, 2019
Nadene,

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. While I wasn’t fortunate enough to have met him, I know that you loved him deeply and that he must have been a great man to have been chosen as your partner in life. May you find comfort in the good times you shared and the memories that live on in you. You're in my thoughts and prayers. 

Sam Tierney
Posted by DeLawnia Comer on August 6, 2019
Such a fantastic guy and incredibly funny...I loved me some Ken Casey!!!
Posted by Charlotte McDougal-Lacat... on August 7, 2019
Ken Casey has been my architect for a few decades, but also a true friend. I am saddened by no longer having the ability to share thoughts and ideas about life, career, family, stuff with him! When Ken called and indicated he was in hospice care I marveled at his calmness. Forever the gentleman! The tears flowed after we concluded our phone call! In follow up conversations, Ken suggested, as always, new paths I could follow as a semi-retired developer!
My condolences to Nadene and all of Ken's family. Will keep you all in my prayers and Ken in my heart, as he will be forever missed.
Posted by Frederika Theus on August 7, 2019
I will always remember Ken's generosity and fun spirit. He had a way of reminding me of how important it is to relax and to take time to smell the roses. I will miss so many things - sharing stories of growing up in Chicago, our enjoyment of The Walking Dead and the like, and our lively debates peppered with creative twists of logic that only Ken could devise. I will miss all of his Ken-isms, such as introducing me to someone as "one of Nadene's little vegan friends." :))) Truly one of a kind and never to be forgotten. 
Posted by Stephen Davidow on August 7, 2019
Nadene,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I know we never have enough time with those we love. I know you had wonderful times with Ken and I hope your good memories of him can make you smile and replace your immediate pain in time. There are many people out there for you so rely on them in this difficult time.
Stephen
Posted by Marjorie Rallins on August 6, 2019
Nadene,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband Ken. Please know that the loss of Ken is felt by many and that the memories of his wonderful personality and many contributions will be celebrated by many.          
Posted by Zo Ramamonjiarivelo on August 6, 2019
Ken was a very good friend and a very nice man. I also liked his sense of humor. RIP, Ken.
Posted by Diane Howard on August 6, 2019
How wonderful to have had your true love. Rest in peace, Ken.
Posted by Eleanor Pulliam on August 6, 2019
I write this with great sadness over the loss of a family friend. I met Ken many years ago in Oak Park through his wife, Nadene. My husband and I have had many occasions to spend time with Ken and Nadene over the years, in Oak Park and Ft Lauderdale, but the times that I visited with him during these past few weeks are the most memorable. I marveled at how well Ken had processed the news from his doctor – no sadness, anger, complaints – he sat and talked in a quiet, strong voice. I witnessed him handling business calls and could not believe he was still working considering what he was going through. I’m still in shock that he is no longer with us, but I know that he is in a better place. May God give his family the strength to bear the pain of their loss.  Rest in Peace, Kenneth Casey!
Posted by Lee Pulliam on August 6, 2019
An Evening With Ken

we sat
and talked
supposed to be about business
but it wasn't
we spoke of family,
fathers in particular,
sisters in general.
of course, wives

you remembered how
walking from school
you noticed windows
and that led
to looking at your future vocation.

i marveled how
though infirm in body
your voice and mind
reflected rock solid spirit.

we connected late in life,
but early in eternity
your courage through the night
was as certain
as the morning sun.

rest well my brother
there is peace
in the valley.
Posted by Blair Walker on August 6, 2019
When I think of Ken, the word `wry' comes to mind. BruthaMan had a very wry, droll sense of humor that he wielded like a scalpel till his final days. His impressive intellect was always processing and analyzing, and it was clear he felt much of what humanity did was chuckle-worthy. But Ken's wit never took the form of mean-spirited zingers or putdowns. No, he was too kind for that, too elegant. You'd just hear a quiet-spoken, matter-of-fact observation that would have you rolling on the floor. I loved how Ken refused to make concessions to his illness, or be held hostage by it (an outlook that sometimes drove his dear wife, Nadene, to distraction). You fought like a champ, Ken, and without self-pity. Prayers going up for you and Nadene. I miss you, good Brutha. 
Posted by Erroll ONeil on August 6, 2019
We first met in 1987 at an INOMA meeting. I also met Kerl LeJuene, Brian Ellison, Eletrice Harris, and a few other long standing INOMA members back then. Somehow we bonded and became like brothers. We experienced many trips, NOMA Conferences, business ventures, social events, Auto Shows, barbeques, parties, and even our own wedding days together! It’s crazy that you are no longer here, but I witnessed you bravely handle your illness and do what you loved to do until the end! I’ve been in a fog ever since last Saturday, knowing that you are no longer around, however I know you are no longer in pain and at peace! May God bless your soul my good friend! You were the best of us! We are all better for knowing you!
Posted by Billy McGhee on August 6, 2019
Ken Casey will be missed. His humor and wit weathered many an obstacle.

A champion on many levels.

We met at highschool and grew up in the same south side Auburn Gresham Brainerd neighborhood, and went on to become architects following the footsteps of the trailblazers before us and charting our own paths. 

" Can anything good come out of Nazereth?".....the answer is absolutely.

My condolences to his wife and family, for their love and for sharing Ken with us.

Ken will be missed, but fondly remembered.

Billy McGhee
Posted by Norma Logan-Rixter on August 6, 2019
I knew Ken as a "Jokester", he always had a funny, timely interjection! I had the pleasure of traveling with Nadene and Ken to France and Italy...what a wonderful time, I will never forget. 

From my lips to your spirit...fly free!
Always,
Norma
Posted by Steven Amu on August 6, 2019
A true friend, a colleague and a thoroughly decent human being. "Sun re o, ore mi" (Yoruba)
Posted by Valeria Wright on August 6, 2019
Ken was a mentor and friend. No matter how long it was between our talks he always had a listening ear, word of advice and helping hand. I appreciated his genuine love and respect for people and his craft. He will definitely be missed. Nadene, I pray that God will give you peace and comfort.
Posted by L David Stewart on August 6, 2019
To a man who was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.
Architect, mentor, and more
Always willing to work with you to be better.
Never turning away even when he could or should have and others did.
Loved by many, respected by all.
NOMA was made better by you,
Though you are not here on this plane no more, we all carry you in our hearts, thoughts
We miss your smile, candor, wit and insight. Thank you for making us better, one day and one word at a time.

With brotherly love
LDS
Posted by Donald Mon on August 6, 2019
Nadene, I'm so sorry for your loss. I only met Ken a couple of times at the conferences he attended with you. He was quite engaging and I could see why you loved him so much. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you.
Posted by Andrea Feely on August 5, 2019
I will forever remember Ken as my fun loving, always joking brother in law-especially the times he drove Nadene crazy with his silliness :)
I live in Edmonton, Canada and Ken would always ask me how life was in the frozen tundras of the north. This always made me smile each time he said it-(although I would always pretend to be offended) because indeed we do have some frozen tundra days.
Ken I miss you, I miss your mischievous smile, and your mischievous ways. Judge Judy will never be the same for me! Rest in peace my dear brother-in-law.
…. "A sleep I shall have,
A rest I shall have,
Yet death will be but a pause.
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours..."
Posted by Cynthia Bolton-Smith on August 6, 2019
My condolences goes out to Mrs. Casey and Ken’s family! He was loved by many and truly will be missed! He has definitely left him imprint in my life! We worked on many projects together over the past 12 years! He was one of the best Architects I know! I will miss working with him and hearing his words of encouragement! RIH my friend Kenneth Casey!
Posted by Avis Williams on August 6, 2019
Cousin Kenny was a kind and fun-loving spirit. He blessed my life in many ways. He was one that I could talk to and he didn't mind sharing his wise counsel. He supported and encouraged my decision to answer the Call to active Gospel Ministry. Cuz encouraged my decision to enroll in and complete Emory's Doctor of Ministry Program, at an "older" age. Cousin Kenny supported our biennial neighborhood Community Reunion in Covington, GA, hundreds of miles away from his beloved Chicago.  He sent me a donation each time we had a Reunion, starting in 2011.  His generosity covered the cost of attendance for families that couldn't afford it.
Cuz visited me in Georgia and I visited he and Nadene in Chicago.  We also loved to talk about and play golf, lots of golf!
Our time on this earth is given by The Lord. Cousin Kenny was a gift to all of us. Thank you Cuz for the good times! Thanks for helping me know how to live and enjoy the now! I thank God for the wonderful Blessing of my cousin, Kenny Casey! I love you and will miss you Cuz!

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