Harrel Brewington

PEKIN - Harrel B. Brewington, 83, of rural Pekin passed away at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at home, with his family by his side.

He was born July 4, 1930, in Mayfield, Ky., to Johnie and Bertha Suthard Brewington. He married Janette Biggers on July 29, 1948, in Corinth, Miss.

He is survived by his wife, Janette, of 65 years; two sons, Keith (Santana) of Green Valley, Ill., and Dan (Marta) of Wildwood, Mo.; and daughter-in-law, Diane Brewington of Bloomington, Ill. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Harrel was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Ronald Brewington.

He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1986, after 38 years working in the East Peoria Foundry, three years in Glasgow, Scotland, and last at the Mapleton Foundry as Tool Engineer Superintendent.

Harrel was a member of the Valley Chapel Church in Green Valley, Ill.

He was a United States Marine, attaining the rank of sergeant, and receiving a Purple Heart serving his country during the Korean War.

He loved his church family, golfing and fishing.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Henderson Funeral Home and Crematory, 2131 Velde Drive, Pekin. Pastor Nate Best will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Bible Church Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorials may be directed to the Valley Chapel Church, 5903 Chapel Road, Green Valley, IL 61534 or to Methodist Hospice of Peoria, Ill.

To view Harrel's memorial page or leave an online condolence, go to www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 2, 2013