Community Update: Long Time Sycamore Mayor Dies

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Long-time Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. He was elected Sycamore City Treasurer in 1981 and continued for 24 years when he was elected Mayor of Sycamore in 2005. He continued to serve Sycamore until 2017 when he fully retired with over 48 years of public service to Sycamore, his hometown and first love as a community.

Ken Mundy was Mr. Sycamore. He was very active in the events and activities that showcased the city. You would see Ken at many social events that showcased Sycamore as that ‘all-American’ small town. He always looked forward to the events surrounding the Sycamore Pumpkin Fest held in Sycamore every October. As Mayor, his door was always open to not only local people but to anyone that wanted to talk about his beloved Sycamore.

Ken attended Sycamore schools, including Sycamore High School, where his Class of ’64 was the first class to go the entire 4 years at “new” Sycamore High School. He enrolled at Northern Illinois University and began a bank teller job at The National Bank & Trust Company of Sycamore in 1964, thanks to his high school English teacher Mrs. Marjorie Danielson and her husband, Bank President, and CEO Clifford Danielson, who hired Ken for bank work and business training.

Kenneth Charles Mundy 73, of Sycamore, Illinois was born in DeKalb on October 31, 1946. Ken and his future wife Juanita Eileen Carroll of Waterman married in 1967. Ken was a lifetime member in the following: North Grove School Association, Sycamore Spartans Sports Boosters, National Rifle Association, Gideon’s International Ministry, and Christian Senior Ministry.

When the Vietnam War was at its height, Ken enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, became a radar operator on destroyers. Hishome base was in San Diego, California, and he made 2 Western Pacific cruises with aircraft carrier groups to Vietnam in 1967 and 1969.  He received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in May 1970, and he returned to Sycamore to his job at the bank.  Ken was a lifetime member and active with the following organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Sycamore American Legion. 

He continued at the bank until resigning in 1978 to become Assistant Payroll Supervisor at NIU where he worked as Payroll Manager. He was elected Sycamore City Treasurer in 1981 and continued for 24 years when he was elected Mayor of Sycamore in 2005. 

A Christian Memorial Service will be held at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road, Sycamore, at 4 p.m.on  Saturday, December 7, 2019. There will also be a visitation at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Ken’s remains will be placed on his parents’ grave at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens at Dixon, Ill., at a private time with clergy, family and close friends.

Funeral details completed by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, Ill.; 815-895-6589.

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