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Raman, Raman - Peoria  
PEORIA - Dr. Raman K. Raman, 81, of Peoria passed away at 10:57 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born May 3, 1933, in Kumbakonam, TamilNadu State, India, to Veerasamy Naidu and Radharukmani. He married Parimala Rajagopalan on Aug. 31, 1958, in India. She survives, along with one daughter, Bharathi (Michael) Earls of St. Louis, Mo.; one son, Ven (Mythili) Raman of Potomac, Md.; and two grandchildren, Maya and Shiv Raman of Potomac. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. He received his PhD in civil engineering in 1968 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved his professional engineering license soon after. Raman was a civil engineer for the Office of Water Quality Management at the Illinois State Water Survey from 1968 to 1998, retiring with the title of Principal Scientist and Director. He was a member of several civil engineering societies and in 1998 he received the ILMA Lake Guardian Award. He was a member of the Hindu Temple of Central Illinois Peoria. Raman was a resident of Peoria since 1968. He was a very loving and respected member of the community, a dedicated mentor and tutor to many children and a selfless and honorable man who always put the needs of others ahead of his own. He was never at a loss for a smile and a kind word. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today, Jan. 25, 2015, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. There will be eulogies by family and friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., followed by Hindu cremation rites. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the South Side Mission Peoria, IL, or your local food pantry. Please view Raman's obituary online at www.Davison-Fulton.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2015
Raman, Raman K.  
Raman, Raman K., 81, Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, Peoria.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 23, 2015
Rettke, Bill  
WASHINGTON - William P. "Bill" Rettke, 62, of Washington passed away at 9:51 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Bill was born on May 21, 1952, in Bloomington to Clarence and Frances Shantz Rettke. He married Rebecca Riley in April of 2001. Surviving are his loving wife, Becki; stepdaughter, Jennifer (Jeff) Corron of Dunlap; grandson, Bozeman; and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bill was a graduate of Pekin Community High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He went on to work at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 36 years, retiring in 2008 as a supervisor. Bill enjoyed life's simple pleasures, like spending time at home with his family, tinkering in his garage or yard and birdwatching. He loved riding his Goldwing and was a member of the Goldwing Road Riders' Association. With his wife, he rode it through 48 states in just five years. To honor Bill's wishes, a private family gathering will be held. Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital-Midwest Affiliate. Bill's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com , where condolences may also be sent to his family.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
Rettke, William P. "Bill"  
Rettke, William "Bill" P., 62, Washington. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory, Washington.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 23, 2015
Reynolds, Victor - Peoria  
PEORIA - Victor C. "Dick" Reynolds Jr., 93, of Peoria passed away at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at his residence. Dick was born on Oct. 30, 1921, in Peoria to Victor C. Sr. and Agnes (Mondot) Reynolds. He married Lucille Dooley on April 27, 1946. She survives. He also is survived by his daughters, Molly (Pat) Farrell, Terry Reynolds O'Brien and Sally (Timothy) Kenny; his sons, Dennis (Cathy) Reynolds and Kevin (Beth) Reynolds; his sister, Betty Pears of Ringold, Ga.; his daughter-in-law, Jane Nelson; grandchildren, Amy Luczaj, Jenny Sheets, Daniel Reynolds, Alicia Fisher, Stacy Weller, Matthew Cain, Leigh Ann Cain, Emily Clelland, Erin Maloney, Conor O'Brien, Shelly King, Patrick Reynolds, Michael Reynolds, Bridget McNeeley, Caitlin Reynolds, Kelsey Reynolds, Adam Kenny, Andrew Kenny and Sean Kenny; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David C. Reynolds; two brothers, James and Robert; and one son-in-law, E. Michael O'Brien. Dick graduated from Spalding Institute in 1939. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy. In 1941, he joined the South China Yangtze Patrol, Asiatic fleet. He was stationed on the river gunboat USS Luzon as a navigator, arriving in Manila Bay on Dec. 6, 1941. He fought in the Battle of Corregidor from January to May of 1942 in the defense of the fortified islands of Manila Bay. He was captured by the Japanese on Corregidor on May 6, 1942. They marched him to Bilibid Prison in Manila. He was later taken to Cabanatuan and Palawan Barracks on Palawan Island. He survived 16 days on the "hell ship," Nissyo Maru, and was taken to Narumi POW camp in Nagoya, Japan. He was liberated on Aug. 5, 1945, after being a prisoner of war for three years and four months. He arrived home in September of 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1950. He was awarded the Eight Year Good Conduct medal, American Campaign medal, Asia Occupation Service medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Bataan/Corregidor Philippines medal with Bronze Battle Star, Bronze Star with Combat V for Valor, National Defense medal, POW medal, Philippines Presidential Unit citation, Presidential Unit citation (Army), Presidential Unit citation (Navy), Purple Heart, WWII Victory medal and Yangtze River Service medal. Dick worked for Sealtest Dairy for 46 years, retiring in 1987. Throughout his life, he was asked to speak to various civic organizations and schools about his experience as a POW. Speaking to young students was something he loved. Dick was an incredible man who loved his family, fishing and being on the water and the Chicago Cubs. He also loved his country and cherished the flag as only someone who had both of those denied could. He was a member of the VFW Post 814, American Legion Peoria Post 2, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and South China Yangtze River Patrol Association. Additionally, he was a past commander of the Heart of Illinois Chapter of American Ex-POW's and was a board member of the Peoria County WWII Memorial. His family would like to thank OSF Hospice, especially Tom Durkee for his kind and attentive care. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Father David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 23, 2015, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Peoria County Veteran's Memorial Fund, 324 Main St., Suite G-02, Peoria, IL 61602; or General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2015
Reynolds, Warren  
PEORIA - Warren Gene Reynolds, age 83, of Peoria, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at 1:38 p.m. Warren was born on July 21, 1931, in East Peoria, Ill., to Peyton and Lura Black Reynolds. He married Carol Rosine Ackerman on June 9, 1961, in Peoria, Ill. He is survived by his wife; their daughters, Lorie (Robert) Becraft of Germantown Hills and Leslie (Joshua Walkowicz) Reynolds of Colorado; son, Charles (Shari) Reynolds of Morton; and four grandchildren, Jacob and Aly Becraft and Sarah and Regan Reynolds. Warren attended Bradley University on a scholarship, earning bachelor's and master's degrees and serving as elected president of student government. He also served on the Bradley Forensics Team for four years and was active in the band, chorus and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He joined Keystone Steel & Wire Company upon graduation and served the company for 30 years, beginning as Community Relations Representative and advancing to Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Keystone Consolidated Industries, supervising five departments. He started and ran several small businesses, owned and managed rental properties, managed the Illinois office of Tucker and Branham, mortgage bankers, held a real estate broker's license and was office manager to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Heiple. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria and a member of its Wesley Class. He served six years on the Peoria City Council; eight years on the Peoria County Board, and was the first to serve two consecutive terms as County Board Chairman. He was on numerous boards of not-for-profit agencies: Dirksen Center for Congressional Leadership, Forest Park Foundation, PARC, Peoria Community Action Agency, Peoria Symphony Board, Salvation Army, Boyce Council Boy Scouts, Child and Family Service, and Peoria Players. He also served as president of the Bradley Alumni Association Board, president of the Peoria Historical Society, president of the East Peoria Jaycees and president of the Peoria Downtown Kiwanis Club. Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at the Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, with additional visitation one hour prior to services. The Rev. Pastor Bob Phillips will officiate. Burial will follow in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the Reynolds Endowed Scholarship at Bradley University or to First United Methodist Church of Peoria for the Transforming Lives Building Fund. Condolences and memories may be shared at DavisonFultonFuneral.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 30, 2015
Reynolds, Warren G.  
Reynolds, Warren G., 83, Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, Peoria.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 29, 2015
Ring, Patricia - Peoria  
PEORIA HEIGHTS - Patricia L. Ring, 64, of Peoria Heights passed away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home after a lengthy illness. She was born March 17, 1950, in Rockford, Ill., to Louis and Marguerite (Spellman) DeRango. She married Robert "Bob" Ring on Aug. 26, 1987. He passed away on Oct. 22, 2011. Bob and Pat lived their married life in Peoria Heights. Pat loved Bob's children like her own. She is survived by her daughters, Trish (Rob) Wilson of Peoria Heights, Lynda (Kevin) McDonnough of East Peoria and Stephanie Ring of Washington; son, Bob Ring of Ohio; also her beloved grandchildren, Justin, Zach, Jake and Austin Wilson, Lexie, Abbie and Nick Ring; and her great-grandchild, Camdin Wilson; best friend and sister-in-law, Pat Ring; and her beloved dog, Bash. Also survived by her adoptive mother, Joyce Barlow; her siblings, Donna Perrone, Rick (Peg) DeRango, Terri (Mike) Odell and Jerry (Jayne) DeRango, all of Rockford, Ill., Dennis DeRango of Layton, Utah, Connie DeRango of Tucson, Ariz., Steve (Cindy) DeRango of Roscoe, Ill., John (Geri Ann) DeRango of Pecatonica, Ill., and Chris (Beth) DeRango of Winnebago, Ill.; also many nieces and nephews that she loved to tease endlessly and found great joy in. Pat grew up in Rockford, Ill., where she graduated from Muldoon High School with honors in 1968 and then attended Rock Valley College. Pat was an avid reader, enjoyed her family, sports and enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears play with her many friends. She had an amazing work ethic, first working at Sears in Rockford in the automotive department then to Kohls in Peoria, where she made life-long friendships until her retirement in January of 2014. As Pat's illness was progressing, she didn't waste a minute. She traveled to Arizona, Outer Banks, North Carolina, Florida and the last trip to Las Vegas. Pat's final wish spoken to many was to have people stop smoking. Pat will be greeted in heaven by many loved ones that have passed before. Her husband, Bob; parents; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy (Ralph) Smith; brother-in-law, Tony Perrone; sister-in-law, Char Kirschbaum DeRango; nephew, Brad Blewett; and several aunts and uncles. Death is not the end. Death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveler. The soul is the guide. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Deacon Robert Myers officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3 until 5 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour before services. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TAPS or to the Richard L. Owens Hospice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com .
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2015
Robb, Martha - Peoria  
PEORIA - Martha Aileen Robb, age 89, of Peoria passed away at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Hawthorne Inn in Peoria. Born Aug. 5, 1925, in Peoria, Martha was a daughter to the late Otto Benton and Martha Elizabeth Zamzow-McWilliams. She was a graduate of Woodruff High School with the class of 1943. On Aug. 20, 1949, Aileen married Farrell J. "Jack" Robb in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1988. She was of the Methodist faith. She worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company for 31 years, until her retirement in 1980. Aileen was a member of the Caterpillar Retirees Club and the Averyville-Kingman-Woodruff Alumni Association. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs. Due to declining health, Aileen moved to Hawthorne Inn at Liberty Village Peoria in 2007. The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff for the care and kindness she received during her final years. Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Joyce (Dick) Chance of Pineville, La.; her son, Farrell J. (Karen) Robb Jr. of Peoria, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Michelle Rene Bauer of Elk Park, N.C., Dawn Marie Constance of Pineville, La., Farrell Joshua "Josh" Robb of Bloomington, Ill., and Jennifer Marie Robb of Peoria, Ill.; as well as four great-grandchildren. Aileen was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Warren Otto McWilliams; and several nieces and nephews. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. A private graveside service will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Kickapoo, with Father Joe Dondanville officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Aileen's memory to T.A.P.S. in Pekin. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com . Cremation and memorial services have been made under the direction and care of Wright & Salmon Mortuary.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2015
Robb, Martha A.  
Robb, Martha A., 88, Peoria. Wright & Salmon Mortuary, Peoria.
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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 25, 2015
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