METAMORA - Freddie Clifford "Fred" Ekvall, 75, of Metamora passed away the morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at the OSF Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born May 23, 1938, in Peoria to Donald and Victoria Ekvall. He married Sue Karen Turman in Peoria on Feb. 17, 1962.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years; his beloved dog, Sparky; four daughters (the "Harem"), Vicki (Tad Doubet) Barber of Peoria, Jami (Kent) Kaisershot of Morton, Dawn (Tom) Page of Washington and Denise Ekvall of Gilbert, Ariz.; and two brothers, Donald Ekvall of Creve Coeur and Tom (Deb) Ekvall of Glasford.
He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, Chris, Kyle, Amanda, Susie, Tara, Joe, Hannah, Lexi, Tori, Mateo and Adrian; also two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Bella.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Joseph Vance.
Fred graduated from East Peoria High School in 1956.
He honorably served in the United States Navy.
Fred worked for the TP&W Railroad and for Gingerich Crane Rentals as an operator through IUOE Local 649.
He was an avid collector and restorer of treasures, and for many years a familiar face at auctions around Central Illinois. He loved to take his wife, daughters and grandchildren to area auctions and engine shows.
He also was a devoted Metamora football fan.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Snyder Village, OSF Hospice and OSF Hospice Home for their care and compassion. The family would also like to thank Dr. John Rashid and Dr. Michael Whitford for their exceptional care.
Funeral services will be held at Mason Funeral Home in Germantown Hills at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, with Chris Larson officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded after services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials can be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home of Peoria or to TAPS.