ROBERT E. TUCKER
(1927 - 2005)
MAPLETON - Robert Eugene Tucker, 78, of 7516 W. Wheeler Rd. died at 11:13 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at Pekin Hospital.
Born January 14, 1927 in Mapleton to Roy and Mary Elizabeth Jones Tucker, he married Mary Ethel Lawson on August 13, 1949 in Peoria.
Surviving are his wife; 1 daughter, Yvonne L. Waldrop of Mapleton; 1 son, David L. Tucker of Mapleton; 1 grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by 7 brothers; and 1 sister.
A member of Laborers Union Locals #165 in Peoria and #231 in Pekin for over 60 years, he had worked for Janssen and Schaffer Construction in Pekin, Jobst Construction in Peoria, and R.A. Cullinan and Sons, Inc. in Tremont.
He served in the U.S. Army Japanese Occupation Force at the end of World War II.
He enjoyed gardening and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and University of Illinois basketball.
Private graveside services will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton.
Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel is in charge of arrangements.
PHILLIP L. COFFRIN
(1936 - 2005)
PEKIN - Phillip Leslie 'Phil' Coffrin, 68, of 2706 Overhill Drive, died at 8:22 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2005 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born June 14, 1936 in Keokuk, Iowa to Samuel Leslie and Jewell Evelyn Day Coffrin, he married Sandra Kay 'Sandy' Marlow on June 26, 1964 in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother of Pekin; two sons, Brian L. 'Deb' Coffrin of Peoria and Gregory S. Coffrin of Pekin; one daughter, Cynthia M. 'Cindy' (Jeff) Gress of Mapleton; and three grandchildren, Joshua A. Gress and Jonathan D. Gress, both of Mapleton, and Samantha C. Coffrin of Pekin.
He was preceded in death by his father on April 23, 1989 in Memphis, Missouri and one infant daughter (Nola R. Coffrin in 1957).
Mr. Coffrin owned and operated Midstate Heating and Cooling in Pekin since 1971. He also worked for Trouble Free Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Pekin since October 2004. Previously, he worked for Drum Transport in East Peoria and Newlun Transport in Pekin from 1964 to 1974 where he was operations manager.
He did missionary work for Bearing Precious Seed of Milford, Ohio. He also did missionary work in Haiti and had a college named after him in Cape-Haitian, Haiti.
He was a member of Bayview Baptist Church in Washington. He was a charter member of both the Christian Business Men in Pekin and the Contractors Success Group, where he received the Contractor of the Year for 1997. He was a former member of Faith Baptist Church in Pekin for 38 years, where he was a trustee for over 30 years, past Sunday School Superintendent, was instrumental in beginning the Bus Ministry, had served on the building committee, and also had served on the board for Faith Baptist Christian School in Pekin.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2005 at Bayview Baptist Church, 22648 Grosenbach Road, Washington. The Rev. Keith D. Thibo and Rev. David J. Wetterlund will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March31, 2005 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel and 30 minutes before services Friday at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bearing Precious Seed, 1369 Woodville Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150.
ALBERT L. KREILING
(1917 - 2005)
PEKIN - Albert L. Kreiling, 87, of 2501 Allentown Road, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2005 at Hallmark House Nursing Center. He was formerly of 1407 Loretta Street in Pekin.
Born December 13, 1917 in Forest City to George and Ethel Ellen Berger Kreiling, he married Dolores Marie Beard on July 4, 1950 in Manito. She died March 29, 2004 in Pekin. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one daughter (Sandra Kreiling), three brothers, and four sisters.
Surviving are two daughters, Debbie K. (George) Cornwell of Pekin and Linda L. (Michael) Stiltz of Forest City; one grandchild; three step-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Mr. Kreiling was a self-employed mechanic for over 60 years, retiring in 1988.
He was of the Methodist faith.
Private graveside services will be Thursday, March 31, 2005 at Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito. The Rev. Terry C. Edele will officiate. There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
JACOB F. PENNING
(1933 - 2005)
PEKIN - Jacob Frederick 'Jake' Penning, 71, of 1119 Hamilton Street, died at 10:10 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2005 at Pekin Hospital.
Born July 3, 1933 in Pekin to Charles William and Doris Bloomer Penning, he married Margaret Reis on July 3, 1955 in Fall River, Massachusetts. She survives.
Also surviving are five daughters, Charlene (Mike) Lane and Josephine (Ronnie) Gilchrist, both of Pekin, Margie (Jeff) Schappaugh of Forest City, Debra (Brad) Maquet of Del Valle, Texas, and Shirley (Steven) Curry of Burleson, Texas; three sons, Jacob (Susan) Penning, Jr. of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Skip (Stephani) Penning of Pekin, and Glen (Shelly) Penning of East Peoria; eighteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Ella Breaden, Ivy Lelm, Betty Haller, and Sadie (Gerald) Moll, all of Pekin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
A United States Navy veteran of the Korean War, he served from 1951 to 1966.
Mr. Penning worked for the City of Pekin Street Department for twenty-five years, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Pekin and Teamsters & Chauffeurs Union Local #627 in Peoria. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #916 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1869, both in Pekin.
An avid sports fan, he was past president and coach of the Pekin Pony League for 12 years and was a basketball official for 25 years.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Donald R. Ridgeway will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2005 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded by the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacob Penning Memorial Fund in care of Herget National Bank, Post Office Box 839, Pekin, Illinois 61555-0839.
MARIE E. CLINEBELL
(1904 - 2005)
PEKIN - Marie Elizabeth Clinebell, 100, of 2501 Allentown Road, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2005 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. She was formerly of 1512 Loretta Street in Pekin.
Born November 29, 1904 in Peoria County to Seabo Cornelius and Katharine Marie Janssen Voss, she married Emerson Roscoe Clinebell on October 4, 1924 in Wyoming, Illinois. He died November 20, 1994 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by one son (Norval G. Clinebell on May 10, 1992 in Mesa, Arizona), one daughter (Lois P. Clinebell on May 7, 1978 in Peoria), and two brothers.
Surviving are two sons, Eldon E. (Mary) Clinebell of Pekin and Virgil L. (Norma) Clinebell of Loveland, Colorado; three daughters, June M. (Ross Keller) Parr-Keller and Linda L. (Ronald) Lipsey, both of Pekin, and Carol A. (Alan) Gordon of Colorado Springs, Colorado; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was a 1923 graduate of Glasford High School.
A homemaker, Mrs. Clinebell was a member of Victorious Life Evangelical Bible Church in East Peoria.
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and studying the Bible.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2005 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, with James Schoonover officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery in rural Glasford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Victorious Life Evangelical Bible Church, Post Office Box 423, Morton, Illinois 61550.
KAREN J. SAAL
(1962 - 2005)
EDWARDS - Karen Jean Saal, 43, of 9912 West Layne Street, died at 3:25 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2005 at her home.
Born February 18, 1962 in Peoria to Edmond and Phyllis Farmer, she married Steven Baker in April of 1979 in Sunnyland. She later married Robert McCarthy in May of 1984 in Deer Creek. She last married Eugene Saal in February of 1995 in Bloomington.
Surviving are her mother and step-father, Phyllis and George Mullen of Deer Creek; one son, Chad Baker of Marquette Heights; one daughter, Catreena McCarthy of East Peoria; one sister, Carol Horne of Pekin; and one half-sister, Rhonda Louden of Riverside, California.
She was preceded in death by her father and one brother.
A homemaker, Karen enjoyed cooking, reading, fishing, gardening, and working with crafts.
She attended the Edwards United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2005 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel. The Rev. Keith Moore will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
MERLE E. SHELTON
(1934 - 2005)
PEKIN - Merle Edith Shelton, 70, of 1113 Koch Street, died at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at her home. She was formerly of 304 State Street in Pekin.
Born March 8, 1934 in Tremont to William Guthrie and Grace Lois Turnpaugh Hoyle, she married Richard Orville Shelton on March 12, 1966 in Pekin. He died November 11, 2001 in Pekin. She was also preceded in death by one daughter (Sandra Sue Wolfe on December 19, 2004 in Pekin), one sister (Bessie Smith), and four brothers (Leonard Hoyle, Ernest Hoyle, Glen Hoyle, and Bennie Hoyle).
Surviving are one son, Dale A. 'Buster' (Vi Jessa) Oates of Manito; son-in-law, Larry A. Wolfe of Pekin; two grandsons, Troy L. (Regina) Stone of Pekin and Bradley A. (Shawna) Stone, Sr. of Peoria; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, LaVerle 'Bud' (Marge) Hoyle of Pekin; six sisters, Etta Hoffman, Helen Jones, Eva Burroughs, Shirley (Bill) Scamp, and Lois Brown, all of Pekin, and Rose (Don) Cohenour of Creve Coeur; and long-time companion, Al Long of Pekin.
She worked for the Pekin Daily Times beginning in the 1950's for 9 years. She then worked as a waitress for Sandy's Drive-Inn in Pekin for several years. She last worked as a waitress at the Pekin Spudnut Shop from 1969 until 2001.
She was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1869 Ladies Auxiliary in Pekin.
She enjoyed collecting dolls.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Terry C. Edele will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2005 at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for expenses in care of Pekin Savings Bank, 601 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.
WILLIAM H. HOLMAN
(1919 - 2005)
PEKIN - William Hubert Holman, 85, of 2737 Village Court, died at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at Pekin Manor.
Born May 14, 1919 in Clay County to William Shannon and Rosa Christina Holman Holman, he married Eunice L. Aebischer on June 26, 1948 in St. Jacob. She died October 3, 1983 in Peoria. He later married Marjorie Eileen Dunnington Fluegel on July 26, 1986 in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, William K. (Amy) Holman of Peoria; one step-son, Creston A. (Susan) Fluegel of Dunlap; one step-daughter, Cameron J. Godfrey of North Aurora; one granddaughter, Kristen E. Holman of Chicago; one grandson, William M. Holman of Chicago; three step-granddaughters, Marissa Benavidez of Peoria, Susan G. (Peter) Mantel of Aurora and Janet Godfrey of San Mateo, California; three step-grandsons, Brett D. Fluegel of Portland, Oregon, Brandon G. Fluegel of Chicago and David I. Benavidez of Peoria; one step-great-grandson and two sisters, Kathryn (Ray) Crackel of Clay City and Ferne Barnhart of Owensboro, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, C. Leon Holman.
He was World War II and Korean War Army veteran; he served in the European and Pacific Theaters and attained the rank of Captain.
He was a 1939 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. He completed additional studies at Bradley University, Northwestern University, Illinois State University, DePauw University and the University of Illinois.
Mr. Holman was a teacher and administrator at Pekin Community High School District 303 for 39 years, retiring in June 1978. He began his career at PCHS as a mathematics teacher. In 1949, he became the boys' counselor and later the director of counselors. He also organized the first driver's education program at PCHS. In 1960, he was named administrative assistant to the superintendent, and in 1965 he was named assistant superintendent, also serving as principal. He was named the superintendent in 1967.
He was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and served as a former member of their legislative committee. He was a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Pekin, where he served on the scholarship committee and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He had served as a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Pekin. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement of Central Illinois in Pekin from 1960 to 1977. He also was former member and past chairman of the Tazewell County Volunteer Court Counselor Program.
An avid bridge player, he was a member of the American Contract Bridge League. He also was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 916 in Pekin. He was a former member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1271 in Pekin.
He served as a member and the secretary of the City of Pekin Police and Fire Commission from 1979 to 1992. He was a former Bailiff at the Tazewell County Court House.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin, where he was a member of the United Methodist Men and served as an usher. He also served on various committees of the church including the Finance and Endowment Committees.
His memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2005 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. The Rev. Gary L. Ford will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. Private burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 503 North 4th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.