Peoria man was 101
PEORIA - Leonard W. DeFoe, 101, of Peoria died on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Rosewood Care Center.
Prior to his short stay at Rosewood, Leonard resided at 611 E. Maywood Ave., Peoria, Ill., for 64 years.
Leonard was born Jan. 17, 1913, in Rome, Ill., to Richard W. and Elizabeth E. (Fischer) DeFoe. He married Dorothy Virginia Pollman on April 18, 1945. She preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 1980.
He is survived by one son, Richard J. DeFoe of Peoria; one daughter, Gloria J. (John) Gresham of Scappoose, Ore.; and two grandsons, Timothy J. (Collet) Gresham and Douglas M. (Melissa) Gresham, both of Portland, Ore., who were his pride and joy. He also has two great-grandsons, Kyle R. Gresham and Ryan J. Gresham, both of Portland, Ore.; and two great-granddaughters, Brittany (Tye) Kaple of Yakima, Wash., and Brooke Morgan of Portland, Ore., all of whom he adored. Leonard is also survived by two nieces, Donna (Stan) Harris of Peoria and Karen (Ron) Kemp of Morton, whose kindness and thoughtfulness were very much appreciated.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles DeFoe and Donald DeFoe; and two sisters, Lillian (Charles) Droll and Bess (Harold) Tomasson, all of Rome.
Leonard loved the monthly luncheons with his good friends from Lambda Sorority and phone calls with friends.
He was a salesman for Kraft Foods Co. for 33 years, and he was a practicing Methodist.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home, located at 428 West McClure Ave., Peoria. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the funeral at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Peoria, Ill.
To view Leonard's online memorial, visit www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.