PEORIA - Leo E. Thibault, age 92, of Peoria passed away at 2 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on Aug. 25, 1921, to Arthur and Anna (Roberge) Thibault. He married Irene Koeppel on March 29, 1945, in Peoria. She passed away May 19, 2010, in Peoria.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Estelle Thibault and Anita Laperle; and two brothers, Victor and Edgar Thibault.
Surviving are his daughter, Janice (James) Gard of Hanna City; two grandsons, James T. (Brigitte Krieg) Gard Jr. of Pekin and Robert W. Gard of Plymouth, Minn.; and one great-granddaughter, Payton Ried of Pekin. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Leo was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, serving as a waist gunner on a B-17 Bomber with the 15th Air Force. He flew 50 missions and received several medals. In October of 2012, he had the opportunity to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorials and many other memorials and sites. It was a very memorable trip his daughter had the privilege to share with him.
He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years, retiring on Feb. 1, 1982.
He was a member of the fire department at Caterpillar and he also was a member of the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years and served as fire chief for 10 years. He was a member of the Bartonville American Legion and was a past member of the Hanna City Sportsman's Club. He was also a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan as well.
Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Limestone Fire Department or to
Please view Leo's obituary online at www.Davison-FultonBartonvilleChapel.com.