PEORIA - Dennis J. McLaughlin, 90, of Peoria, Ill., formerly of Chillicothe, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born July 12, 1922, in Jersey City, N.J., the son of Edward F.C. and Katharine (Drummond) McLaughlin. He married Kathryn Ann Fleming on July 12, 1947, in Baraboo, Wis.
Surviving are his wife; six children, Michael (Lisa) McLaughlin of Barrington Hills, Ill., Mary Ellen (Dr. Alan) DeBord of Peoria, Ill., Katharine (Wade) White of Colleyville, Texas, Patrick J. McLaughlin of Chillicothe, Ill., Martin J. McLaughlin of Hopewell, Ill., and Peter A. McLaughlin of Chillicothe, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Dr. Ann (Evan) DeBord Smith, Kathryn (Tim) Koons, Andrew Barnes, Mary (David) Hubbard, Annie McLaughlin, Erin McLaughlin, Emily McLaughlin and Mary "Tess" McLaughlin; and one great-grandchild, Franklin Koons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dennis; one granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth DeBord; one brother; one sister; and one half sister.
Dennis was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, serving in World War II. He was a C474 pilot and a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 9 and the Purple Heart Association.
He graduated from the Institute of Insurance in New York. He was the president of McLaughlin & Sons Inc. Insurance Company in Peoria for over 50 years.
He was a founding member of the Optimist Club of Chillicothe, a member of the Peoria Country Club and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He served as a Chillicothe City Council member and also served on the St. Joseph Nursing Home Board.
He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe, where a funeral Mass will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, with visitation one hour prior. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral Mass, and inurnment will take place in Milford, Pa., at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 230 W. Monroe St., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60606; Lutheran Hillside Village; or St. Edward Church.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Ill.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.