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Former architect dies at 100

PEORIA - Cletis Roy Foley, 100, of Peoria passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at his home at Lutheran Hillside Village.

Services for Cletis will be held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1420 W. Moss Ave., Peoria. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Pastor Brooks McDaniel will officiate. A private entombment will occur at American Mausoleum.

Cletis was born to Frank and Alma (Davis) Foley on March 10, 1913, in Little York, Ill. In 1935, he married Margaret Scott in Monmouth, Ill.

Surviving are his son, Mark (Marilyn) Foley of Pingree Grove, Ill.; two daughters, Gay (David) Ludvig of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Patricia (Jack) Bensing of East Peoria, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Faith Foley of Sarasota, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and one son, Cletis Dow Foley.

Cletis was an architect in the Peoria area. He designed many homes, businesses, churches and senior housing communities. He was a partner with Foley, Hackler, Thompson and Lee Architects, and in 1965 opened his own firm "APACE." He spent 20 years with the Peoria Planning Commission and 12 years on the Peoria Park Board.

He was an elder and Sunday School teacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Cletis volunteered as a Peoria Court Counselor, and also volunteered for Meals on Wheels with his wife.

He liked to read, garden, sketch, camp and canoe. He loved animals, bird watching and hosting foreign exchange students.

During World War II, he worked in Portland, Ore., for Kaiser Shipyard as a civilian contractor. He designed war ships for the U.S. Navy.

Cletis lived a long and great life, with many different stories and adventures. He wrote his own autobiography named "The Life and Times of Cletis and Margaret Foley."

Memorial donations may be made to the Lakeview Library in Peoria, or to a .

Online condolences may be left at www.cumerford.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 22, 2013
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