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BARTONVILLE - John M. Million, 82, of Bartonville passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Pekin Hospital.

Born June 2, 1931, in Decatur to Mont and Goldie (Grubb) Million, he married Patricia Youngblood on April 3, 1955, in Folkston, Ga. She preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 1993, in Pekin. He later married Dolores (Graber) Gray on Aug. 27, 1994, in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Jeanne (Brad) Martin, Joan Million and Jeri (Andy) Hesh, all of Pekin; one son, J. Matthew (Pam) Million of Schaumburg; three stepsons, Wayne Gray and Kevin (Vicky) Gray, both of Bartonville, and Tim Gray of Franklin, Wis.; two stepdaughters, Kathy (Dan) Meskimen and Karen (Joe) Palazzo, both of Bartonville; three grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; 21 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Marie (Earl) Vermillion of Pekin.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and one stepgranddaughter.

John served in the United States Navy during the Korean War era.

He worked 38 years for Illinois Bell, which later became Ameritech, retiring in March of 1993.

John was of the Christian faith.

He was a past member of Pekin Family Moose Center 916.

A "jokester," John enjoyed bowling, family gatherings, traveling to their cabin in Wisconsin, going to Branson, Mo., for family reunions and Tuesday evening pizza at the Driftwood.

He was a wonderful man who touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all who loved him. He was "one in a MILLION!"

His visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Private graveside services will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to Central Illinois Chapter of the Dream Factory or to the Pekin Boys and Girls Club.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 10, 2014
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