Uken, Esther


Died: November 17, 2012

Esther H. Uken, 95, of Pekin formerly of San Jose, passed away at 2:10 a.m. at Timbercreek Rehab and Health Center, Pekin, IL. She was born January 22, 1917 in rural San Jose, IL to Julius and Martha (Reich) Hoeft. She married Donald H. Uken on April 4, 1937 in Pekin, IL. He preceded her in death on October 22, 1992.

Surviving is one daughter, Delores Rees of Pekin; four grandsons, Dan Rees, Doug Rees, Jeff Livengood and Todd Livengood and many great and great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Duane H. Uken, a daughter, Betty Jane Livengood, son-in-law, Wayne Livengood, son-in-law, William Rees, four brothers and two sisters.

Esther and her husband farmed in the San Jose area all their married lives. She was a life-long member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of rural San Jose, IL. Esther always took great pride in her flowers and vegetable gardening.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Green Hill Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. in San Jose. Rev. Charles Olander will officiate. Hurley Funeral Home in San Jose is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. R.R. 1 San Jose, IL.

Online memorial messages may be left for the family at

Hurley Funeral Home

255 S Main St
Chandlerville, IL
Phone: (217) 458-2424