PEORIA - Rudy Hoerr, 91, of Peoria died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at his residence.
He was born May 9, 1921, in Milford, Ind., to David A. and Rose Y. Yoder Hoerr. He married Annie Tyrrell on Dec. 13, 1941, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 2001, in Sycamore, Ill.
He also was preceded in death by two brothers.
He is survived by his children, Linda (Michael) Gardiner of East Peoria, Irvin (Cheryl) Hoerr of South Padre Island, Texas, and Scott (Karen) Hoerr of Seffner, Fla.; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Carl (Evelyn) Hoerr of Peoria, Jim (Virginia) Hoerr of Peoria, John (Dorothy) Hoerr of Edwards and George Hoerr of Brimfield; his sisters, Marie (Reuben) Huber of Peoria, Mildred (Art) Moser of Peoria, Florence (Tom) Barkley of Peoria and Eloise Meister of Peoria; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army Air Corps, the United States Air Force and was a charter member of the Illinois Air National Guard, 169th Fighter Squadron, retiring as a lieutenant colonel after many years of service to his nation.
He and his brothers, Jim and John, were co-owners of D. A. Hoerr & Sons Landscaping in Peoria. He and his wife Annie formed R/A Hoerr Inc., an automobile racing company which is now Hoerr Racing Products. He and Annie were both inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a member of USAC, the United States Automobile Club. He was the first president of the Richwoods School Board.
Rudy was a member of Peoria Apostolic Christian Church, where services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. The church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Wilton Mortuary in Peoria, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.
Memorials may be made to Peoria Apostolic Christian Church.