Landen Agnitsch Obituary: 16-year-old boy dies in a car crash along with 2 others in Benton,IL

Benton, Illinois – Landen Brian Agnitsch, a spirited 16-year-old from Whittington, Illinois, passed away tragically on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Landen was born on May 4, 2007, in Carbondale to parents Jeremy and Kimberly (Cockrum) Agnitsch.

The Franklin County coroner confirmed 17-year-old Bradley Williams, 16-year-old Landen Agnitsch and 15-year-old Joecy Padavic died on Saturday after car accident in Franklin County. All 3 were students at the Benton Consolidated High School.

WFCN News shared,

“The three victims of Saturday’s accident have been identified as Landen Agnitsch, Bradley Williams, and Joecy Padavic. All three were high school students.”

Landen was a vibrant student at Benton Consolidated High School, deeply engaged in his studies and school community. He had a profound love for sports, particularly football and wrestling. His passion for sports showcased his competitive spirit and determination.

Landen was an active member of Whittington Baptist Church, where he found solace and strengthened his faith. His involvement in the church community was a testament to his kind and compassionate nature.

In this time of grief, Landen is fondly remembered by his loved ones, including his mother and step-father, Kimberly and Nathan DeSett, and his siblings, Gavin Agnitsch, Chase DeSett, Lexie DeSett, and Zoey DeSett. He will also be deeply missed by his maternal grandparents, Zelta Eldridge, Duane (Saida) DeSett, and Jammie (Robin) Hutchison, and paternal grandmother, Melissa Barkley. Landen’s girlfriend, Chloe Arnone, held a special place in his heart, and they shared cherished moments together.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jeremy Agnitsch, paternal grandfather, Robbie Barkley, and maternal grandfather, Brian Cockrum.

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Services honoring Landen’s life will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023, at the Whittington Church in Whittington, with Pastor Mark Minor officiating. Visitation for friends and family will be held on Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the church.

Kimberly DeSett asked for the images of Landen Agnitsch,

“We will be working on memory boards for Landen Agnitsch Please send me all of your favorite pictures.”

In this time of sorrow, the family welcomes contributions to assist with funeral arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Union Funeral Home.

Landen’s bright spirit, passion for sports, and kindness toward others will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace.

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