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PEKIN - Robert A. Kohtz, 90, of Pekin passed away at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at his residence.

Born April 25, 1923, in Gardena to Arthur A. and Rhea Hilda (Underwood) Kohtz, he married Shirley Jeanne Wolf in Evanston. She died Sept. 18, 2000, in East Peoria.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lucille C. Schwartz and Marcelle Helmig; and one infant brother.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Lee (Paula) Kohtz of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Randal Dean (Cindy) Kohtz of Tremont; two grandsons, Brandon Avery (Randi) Kohtz of Morton and Joshua Randal (Megan) Kohtz of Pekin; and three great-grandchildren, Aleese Webber, Spence Kohtz and Tayte Kohtz.

Robert was a United States Army veteran of World War II and served in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of two Purple Hearts.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 from the University of Illinois and worked for the Internal Revenue Service as an auditor of corporations for 30 years, retiring in 1979. Robert also graduated from the I.R.S. training program at the University of Michigan in 1954.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of Sunset Hills Golf Club in Pekin and enjoyed making two holes in one. He also was a model train buff.

He was a former member of the Pekin Elks Lodge 1271 and Pekin Moose Family Center 916.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Pekin.

His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Daniel J. Bishop will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the memorial service at the funeral home. Burial of his cremated remains will follow the memorial service in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 711 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 16, 2014
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