PEORIA - Warren R. Watkins, 68, of Peoria died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, after a brief illness, surrounded by his wife, daughter, sister and loved ones.
He was born in Peoria, Ill., on Dec. 31, 1944, to Russell and Marian (Richart) Watkins.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Allen Watkins; daughter, Melinda; sister, Cheryl Sullivan of Pekin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew.
Warren graduated from Richwoods Community High School in 1962. He was a Sigma Chi at Bradley University, where he was Rush Chairman and Song Chairman. He graduated from Parsons College.
He served in the Illinois Army National Guard, achieving the rank of sergeant.
A lifelong Peorian, he owned and operated Illinois Valley Glass and Mirror, a business started by his father in 1951.
He had been a member of First Federated Church, Country Club of Peoria, IVY Club, Creve Coeur Club, Sigma Chi Alumni Association and served on the Peoria Housing Authority Board.
He and Mary enjoyed their second home and friends in the north woods of Wisconsin at Presque Isle. He also enjoyed music and the arts, as well as being an outdoorsman who loved boating, fishing and hunting.
He will be remembered by family and friends as a warm, generous and caring person with a sense of humor and a positive attitude. He was always willing to help a friend. He never knew a stranger.
Donations may be made to the Peoria Symphony, the Peoria Ballet, WTVP or WCBU.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Both will be at First Federated Church, 3601 N. Sheridan Road. The Rev. Dr. Forrest Krummel will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hawley Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.