EAST PEORIA - Homer R. Briggs Jr., 88, of East Peoria passed away at 12:52 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.
He was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Peoria to Homer R. and Murriel J. (Byram) Briggs Sr. He married Nancy S. Roodhouse in East Peoria on May 28, 1977. She survives.
Also surviving are five children, Edward (Denise) Briggs, Harold Briggs, Randy (Debbie) Briggs, Jeff (Cindy) Briggs and Peggy Stark; two stepchildren, Joy (Tom) Boehl and Tom (Sherlynn) Sorrells; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Harold (Charlotte) Briggs; two sisters, Nancy and Mary Koeppel; and his special pet companion, Pepper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jim and Raymond Hendricks; and two sisters, Thelma Cain and Barbara Santos.
Homer was a World War II and Korean War U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of the VFW Post 2078 in East Peoria, (LST) Landing Ships Tank Association and the National LST Association.
Homer worked as a crane operator for 34 years at Keystone and later at Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services and Remmert Funeral Home for many years before retiring.
He had always been a die-hard Cubs fan.
He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of East Peoria, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, with the Rev. Mary Arnold officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, with further visitation from 9 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.
Memorials may be made to his church or T.A.P.S.
Online condolences may be made at www.RemmertFuneralHome.com.