EAST PEORIA - Frank Eugene Christoff, 80, of Huntsville, Mo., formerly of East Peoria, passed away into the Heavenly Kingdom on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
Frank was born in East Peoria, Ill., to William and Nellie (Brinker) Christoff on Oct. 26, 1932.
He graduated from East Peoria Community High School. From there he entered the U.S. Navy and proudly served from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1956.
Frank was a self employed carpenter by trade and was a member of the carpenters union. He also worked for W.W. Grote Co. in 1983, where he installed siding, garage doors and hangar doors for aircraft. He was known in the Peoria area as "One of the Best in the Business," and he took great pride in his work.
After retirement in 1994, he took advantage of his love for fishing and traveled the country just to "hit" different lakes, as he would say.
But even more than fishing, he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They always came first. He lived for, loved and idolized them all and they felt the same about him. He was a father and grandfather you could count on for anything and everything. He was truly loved and will be deeply missed by all.
Preceding him in death are his parents and a brother, William L. Christoff.
He is survived by one daughter, Terri Larison and husband Larry of Moberly; grandson, Brian Larison of Moberly; granddaughter, Chelsie Stephens and husband Ryan of Centralia; and great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Alexis and Bentley Stephens, also of Centralia. He is also survived by one sister, Helen Myers and husband Paul of Metamora, Ill., along with their children Terry, Dena and Kerry.
Services for Mr. Christoff will be Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at 12 noon at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment and full military honors will follow at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, with motorcade escort by the Patriot Guard Riders.
Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131.
Pathway Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.