EAST PEORIA - John L. Norvell, 75, of East Peoria passed away peacefully at 12:51 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.
He was born Nov. 14, 1937, in Mount Sterling, Ill.
John was a dedicated family man who embraced life as an avid snow skier, sailor and traveler. He was a true gentleman who touched many with his kindness and generosity. John will be dearly missed by many.
John attended both Quincy College and the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and in his professional life he held several careers including grain merchant, air traffic controller and ultimately stock broker.
He was a member of the Peoria Rotary Club, a volunteer serviceman for the U.S. Coast Guard and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
John was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Bond (Norvell); his father, Curtis Norvell; and his older brother, Edward Norvell, all of Mount Sterling, Ill.
John leaves behind three sisters, Betty Fluckey, Carolyn Moore and Shirley Pruden, also of Mount Sterling, Ill. He also leaves behind his loving wife, Maureen (married 52 years); three children, including Jonathan Norvell of Monticello, Ill., Joseph Norvell of Long Grove, Ill., and Suzanne Norvell-Baetzel of Long Grove, Ill. In addition, he leaves behind eight grandchildren ages 2 to 16, who all loved their Grandpa Norvell immensely.
Services for John will include a visitation to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, Ill., and a funeral Mass to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria, Ill., with further visitation 30 minutes before Mass on Saturday at the church. He will be buried at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Catholic Cemetery in Mount Sterling, Ill.
Donations in John's name and memory can be made to his favorite charity, Sophia's Kitchen, and mailed to Sacred Heart Church of Peoria. The donations will be used to feed the hungry of Peoria, Ill.
Online condolences may be made at www.RemmertFuneralHome.com.
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