Jack Duane Kee, 66, of Yorkville, passed away in his home on Sunday, June 30, 2019, surrounded by his family, after battling cancer for the third time. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin on January 14th, 1953 to Jack and BettyLea (Anderson) Kee.
He spent most of his childhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his parents and three younger siblings. He graduated from the University Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry. While earning his MBA from the University of New Mexico, he gave his life to Christ and continued to grow in his knowledge of God through the ministry of The Navigators, a Bible-based college ministry. Jack met his wife Nanci (Prentiss) Kee in Lexington, MA where they were married on July 24th, 1982. Jack felt a calling to pastoral ministry and attained his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1990. Jack worked for over 25 years for a financial technology company, Investortools, and was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He traveled over a million air miles throughout his career. He also co-founded his own company, UpperRoom Technology, where he served as President. Outside of his career, Jack and his wife Nanci were one of the founding families of a church outside of Chicago that started in 1998. It is a church that continues to grow and expand its ministry today. Jack had a love for travel and exploring new places. He blessed many through his generosity, whether through travel experiences or financial support. He lived with his family in Halstenbek, Germany for three years. Jack had an enjoyment of fine food and culinary experiences. From a young age, Jack developed a love for downhill skilling. One of his favorite places to go was Steamboat, Colorado where he would ski with family and friends. One of Jack’s biggest priorities was being a father to his four children. He strived to teach his children about the Bible and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which he modeled throughout his own life.
Jack is survived by his wife, Nanci (Prentiss) Kee, Yorkville; His four children, Matthew (Elizabeth) Kee, Green Bay, WI, Jonathan (Josie) Kee, Bourbonnais, IL, Jessica Kee, Yorkville, and JiaRose Kee, Yorkville; One grandchild: Josiah Jack Kee, Green Bay, WI; His father, Jack D. Kee, Vadnais Heights, MN; His siblings: Pat (Bill) Kleinman, Lilydale, MN, Pam (Tim) Hadley, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Scott (Lisa) Kee, Plymouth, MN, as well as his nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, BettyLea (Anderson) Kee.
A visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5th at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, 3952 Turner Ave, Plano, IL 60545. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 6th at 10:00AM at Cross Lutheran Church, 8609 Route 47, Yorkville, IL 60560. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bristol, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The Navigators ministry. To give in memory of Jack, please call 866-568-7827 directly and say the donation is “In memory of Jack Kee.”
The family would also like to thank Transitions Hospice and Alternative Home Care for their help in caring for Jack. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com