PEKIN - Warren R. Freidinger, 92, of Pekin passed away at 3:40 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Pekin Manor.
Warren was born Dec. 16, 1920, in Groveland Township at the Freidinger family farm, the son of Edward C. and Lydia A. (Hillman) Freidinger. He married Norma (Deppert) Evans on Nov. 9, 1947, in Pekin. She passed away on Feb. 14, 2007.
Warren also was preceded in death by two brothers, Alvin and Merlin Freidinger; and one sister, Ila Mae Jenkins.
He is survived by two sons, David (Karen) Evans of Pekin and Mark W. (Bette) Freidinger of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three grandsons, Dr. Brad (Molly) Freidinger of Concord, N.C., B.J. Freidinger of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Zachary Evans of Manito, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren, William, Charles and Nathan Freidinger and Robyn, Aaron, Cody, Jonah and Jace Evans; and two sisters-in-law, Viola Deppert and Marge Deppert, both of Pekin.
Warren was a United States Army veteran of World War II and one of the Greatest Generation. He served as a staff sergeant of the 104th Infantry Division, The Timberwolves, who were the first to meet Russian soldiers. His division held a record for 195 consecutive days under fire of the enemy. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and had served as a Sunday school teacher, Church Council member and Churchmen's Brotherhood. He was a member of the Pekin Elks Lodge and Peoria Camera Club.
Retiring from Fleming Potter Company in 1984, he was a film artist (lithographer) and cameraman. He was a skilled woodworker and refinished furniture and caned chairs for many years.
Warren was an avid fisherman. He and his wife, Norma, and their family enjoyed more than 50 years traveling to Nokay Lake in Minnesota.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Steve Welker officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory, 2131 Velde Drive, Pekin, and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, with Military Honors provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 N. Eighth St., Pekin, IL 61554; or Pekin Salvation Army, 243 Derby St., Pekin, IL 61554.
To view Warren's tribute page or to leave the family an online condolence, go to www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.