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Lennard Fischer

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PEKIN - Lennard Fischer, 88, of Pekin, formerly of Antioch, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill.

He was born June 20, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late Alfred and Ethel (Henke) Fischer, living in Twin Lakes for 10 years before settling in Antioch in 1948. He graduated from Wilmot High School and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Before his retirement in 1991, Lennard began his career at Fischer & Gauger Ice & Fuel Oil, later working for Grass Lake Lumber Co. for 15 years and retiring from Hill-Behan Lumber.

Lennard was a member of St. Ignatius Episcopal Church, Antioch, Ill., where he was an usher for many years. He also was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 301 and AARP. On Jan. 17, 1948, he married Betty Hanke in Antioch, Ill.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Betty; a daughter, Jill (Bob) Carter of Pekin, Ill.; two grandchildren, Julie (Schimmelpfennig) Gianessi of Pekin and James Schimmelpfennig of Peoria; two great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Lennard was preceded in death by a son, James Fischer; two siblings, Bernice Gauger and Donald Fischer; and stepmother, Edna Fischer.

Mass of Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church, 500 Depot St., Antioch, IL 60002, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Antioch, Ill.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to St. Ignatius Episcopal Church in Lennard's memory.

Please sign the online guest book for Lennard at www.strangfh.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 12, 2014
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