PEKIN - Richard E. Archdale, 67, of Pekin passed away at 9:19 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2011, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Rich has gracefully finished his "Dance With Cancer." It was a long dance, seven years, with many dips, curves and sidesteps, but he handled it with the suaveness and grace of Fred Astaire!
He was born March 20, 1944, in Canton, Ill., to Mildred and Glen Archdale. Along with siblings Keith and Pat, he grew up on the farm, helping with daily chores and at the same time exploring and enjoying all that country life offered.
After high school in 1962, Rich was hired on at Caterpillar in East Peoria, operating any and all machines. After 37 1/2 years, he retired in 2000.
Richard's life was filled with family and friends. His six children, Lori, Pam, Debbie, Karen, Desiree and Brian, were always uppermost in his mind and heart! Then the grandchildren, Niki, Ben, Jeff, Stephani, Steve, Gabriel, Natalie, Kayla, Kaiden, Joshua, Olivia and Kolten, were the icing on his cake! He will have a great-granddaughter in July that will be loved by him from afar!
In 1972, Richard met Linda Schertz, and they immediately formed a bond of friendship that would never be broken. As happens in life, that friendship hit some detours, until 1984 when everything fell together and they were married on July 14, beginning a life together that will last "forever" and three days.
Rich enjoyed all kinds of activities. Bowling, golf, archery and car races were all a part of his life, but his real love was motorcycling. He and his wife, Linda, owned a Goldwing that they rode to Canada, to both the East and West coasts, and many places in between. A lot of those trips were made with their second family, Chapter Z of the Goldwing Road Riders. More special than the destinations of those trips were the friendships and memories that were made.
Like any relationship, his with God was at times a little rocky. He knew there was a higher power out there, but he just had questions. Well, in January 2010, God answered those questions for him. He sent Rich his own angel, Jane Weiss, complete with a halo of light above her head! Since then he's had complete faith and very active communication with God. Now we must say goodbye to you, we know you were tired and God said it's time to come home to heal. So dear husband, Dad, Grandpa, brother and friend, it is with a mix of joy, sadness and love that will last forever, we let you go, knowing that you are once again healthy and at peace. You will be a part of us always.
Cremation rites will be accorded and a visitation will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m Saturday, May 14, 2011, with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate.
Memorials may be made to
Please visit Richard's life story at www.davison-fultonbartonvillechapel.com.