East Peoria - Kirby K. Hamblen, 96, of East Peoria died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 6:43 p.m. at his residence.
He was born on June 23, 1916, in Shiloh Township, Ill. He married Isabell Beatt on Nov. 9, 1937, in Benton, Ill. She preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2004, in Peoria.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Joanne Workman; one son, Kenneth Hamblen; one brother; and one sister.
Kirby is survived by one granddaughter, Tami (Mike) Fletcher of East Peoria; one grandson, Ken (Rhonda) Workman of Groveland; four great-grandchildren, Kristina (Mark) Masters of East Peoria, Jarred (Lauren) Workman of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Josh Workman of Aurora, Colo., and Brianna Workman of Creve Coeur; and four great-great-grandchildren, Gracie Luna, Isabella Workman, Ashton Masters and Rory Castaneda.
Kirby proudly served in the United States Army during World War II.
He retired from Caterpillar in East Peoria in 1978 after working there 28 years as a welder.
Kirby was also a lifelong member of Hilton Masonic Lodge 1143 in East Peoria.
He lived for fishing and since 1947 has taken yearly fishing trips to Park Rapids, Minn., with his family and friends. He loved spending time with them as well as his dog.
There will be a funeral service for Kirby on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the funeral. The Rev. Michael Robison will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton. Military rites will be performed by Tazewell Military Rites Team as well as active duty Army personnel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Big Sky, P.O. Box 56, Farmington IL 61531.
Kirby's memorial website may be found at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where online condolences may be sent to the family.