EAST PEORIA - William Richard Reay, 71, of East Peoria passed away at 2:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, with his family by his side.
William was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Peoria, the son of John and Golda (Marth) Reay. He married Carol Moletti in Hanna City on Feb. 5, 1967.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years; three daughters, Crystal Kinkead of Arizona, Wendy (Danny Haley) Scott of Sunnyland and Michele (Jeff) DeSmet of North Carolina; two sons, William (Jackie) Reay Jr. of Kentucky and Anthony (Wendy) Reay of East Peoria; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Smith of Creve Coeur and Sandra Gulick of Peoria; and three brothers, John Reay of Creve Coeur, Charles (Dorothy) Reay of Camp Grove and James (Pat) Reay of East Peoria.
William was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, three brothers, one grandson and one great-grandson.
He was the owner/operator of WR Reay Blacktopping until his retirement in 2001.
William was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of Illinois, Amvets Post 169 and VFW Creve Coeur Post 4835.
He was a member of Bradley Epworth United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were Friday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Visitation was one hour prior to services. Pastor Tom Eckhardt officiated. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to
, Easter Seals, Vietnam Veterans of Illinois or donor's choice.
To view William's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please go to www.remmertfuneralhome.com.