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Memorial Service

Mt. Zion Cemetery
Friday October 23rd, 2020

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Kennard Grayling McPike


Kennard G. McPike, age 59, of Cedar Rapids, IA passed away at 2:56 am Saturday, October 17, 2020, due to the results of an automobile accident.  

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.  Rev. Melvin McCaleb will officiate.

The service will be able to be viewed via the Waters Funeral Home Facebook page at 1:00 pm Friday.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by the Waters Funeral Home.

Kennard was born on February 27, 1961, in Cedar Rapids, IA the son of Kenneth and Inez (Salmon) McPike.

Survivors include his mother, Inez McPike of Vandalia, MO; children, Kendra Shaw of Las Vegas, NV, Keya Demica Vasser of Atlanta, GA, Mercedes McPike of Jacksonville, FL, Kennard Shaw (Tamara) of Las Vegas, NV and Ramone Vasser of Jacksonville, FL; brothers, Estral McPike of Vandalia, MO and William Marshall of Dolton, IL; sister, Charlotte Little of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Kennard Shaw, Jr., Keyona Shaw, Kyiana Dasia Vasser, Di'Anna McPike, Nylah Joseph; one great grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kennard was preceded in death by Father, Kenneth E. McPike and daughter, Kecia Nichelle Conley. 

Professionally Kennard worked for Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids, IA. 

Kennard enjoyed working and the companionship of his co-workers.  Away from work, Kennard enjoyed hunting and fishing.  His favorite past time was cooking.  Kennard was an amazing cook that was always whipping up new recipes for his family an friends.  His biggest love was his family and friends and the time they cherished together.   

Kennard was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family (Kendra Shaw), in care of the Waters Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family on Kennard's memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com  

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A candle was lit in memory of Kennard McPike

Annette Ray Mallory Oct 25 2020 12:00 AM

R I P kennard this still doesn't seem real to me..But I know you and our daughter are enjoying each other now..You will always be in my heart and was a great father to kecia our daughter..She and her keep smiling down on me...Rest easy ..love you always

Cheryl Conley Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

Kennard you always said Love you Cuz! Love you too man! I remember what you said to me when the Holy Spirit takes over! Amen brother! That really moved me!. You will be forever in my heart and deeply missed!

Fernanda & Sonja Johnson Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

The thing I'll remember about Kennard was his smile. So genuine and happy!
So very sorry for your loss.

Connie Langer Oct 23 2020 12:00 AM

Rest In Power Kennard! Michael Dean

Michael Backstrom Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences and prayers for the family and friends. May God give you Peace that surpasses all understanding.

Joyce Horton Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM

Hey Cuz his words always, when I think of him thats what I hear and vision that big smile. Even in his Instant messages to me like we talked everyday. You will be missed in person Cuz but alway presents in spirit.

Crystal Hobbs-Houston Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM

This was and is still so hard to believe for me. My heart is broken. We grew up like brothers and sisters running through the front doors and back of Grandma Smith's, my house, Hobbs house, Wilson house and Sturges house and countless homes in Bowling Green MO. so glad the last time I saw you and each time we met we always ended every conversation with a hug and an I love you cuz. Life is soo very short but God knew best. Prayers and Condolences family! Love you from Suzette and Fred (Leon)

Suzette L Gadegbeku Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

We just never know how and when the Lord will call one home. I ran into you just a week ago and now you are gone. Everytime you would say hey cuz tell "Sweetrun" I said hey! Good to see ya. Going to miss you. R.I.P. Marvin (AKA "Sweetrun") and Joyce .

Marvin & Joyce Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM