PEKIN - Herbert E. Harris, 68, of Pekin, formerly of East Peoria, passed away at 3:11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
His spirit was released from the worn-out shell of his body and is now exploring the universe.
Surviving are one sister, Sandy (Tom) Groff of Bartonville; and several nieces and nephews.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles Harris.
Since Herb's death, his two brothers, Jim Harris and Zelvin Mitchell, have both passed away.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1946, in Chicago to Helen and James Harris.
Herb was drafted into the United States Army in 1967 to serve his time as a teletype operator during the Vietnam War.
He was employed as an expert diesel mechanic for over 20 years.
Herb had a love for the outdoors, fishing and just being with family and friends. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and NASCAR racing.
Burial of cremated remains will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery on Smithville Road at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014. A celebration of life service will follow at the Bartonville VFW at 11:30 a.m.
Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
Everyone who remembers Herb is asked to celebrate his life in their own way by raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory. This would be quite appropriate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Illinois Cancer Care at 8940 N. Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.
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