EAST PEORIA - Alfred "Esky" Eskildsen, 91, of East Peoria passed away at 11:06 a.m. Sunday, June 24, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria
He was born in Stambaugh, Mich., on March 15, 1923, the son of Eskild A. and Anna Larsen. He married Betty Laurinec on July 20, 1946, in Chicago, Ill.. She passed away on June 9, 2014.
Twenty brothers and sisters also preceded him in death.
Surviving are one son, Larry (Linda) Eskildsen of Germantown Hills; one grandson, Eric (Any) Eskildsen of Elgin and their children, Noah and Charlie; and one granddaughter, Erin Eskildsen of Chicago. Also surviving are three stepgrandsons, Eric Pond, Christopher (Robin) Pond and Brett Pond; as well as three stepgreat-grandchildren, Addison Pond and Nathan and Noah Hernandez. Also surviving are one brother, Herb Eskildsen of Helena, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.
He enlisted at age 19 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and fought in the South Pacific, where he met his "foxhole buddy," Chuck Brown. He participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he earned two Purple Hearts and other medals for his military service.
After moving to Peoria in 1954, he worked for Chuck Brown Builders in Peoria and later, Don Hoerr and Sons Builders for many years.
He had many enjoyments in life, including golfing with his buddies, bowling, dancing with his wife, spending time at family cookouts and dinners, but especially enjoyed the "hunting camp" in Montana that he and his brother, Herb, began many years earlier.
Cremation rites have been accorded, with a memorial visitation on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home in Germantown Hills. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Mason Funeral Home in Germantown Hills, with Pastor Bill White officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Notes of condolences may be sent using www.masonfuneralhomes.com.