SPRING BAY - Leroy Masters, 66, of Spring Bay passed away peacefully at 7:28 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the comfort of his home, into the hands of his Lord and Savior.
Leroy was born on Jan. 2, 1948, in Peoria, the son of Jesse and Mary McCormick Masters. He first married Brenda Perrine, and they had two sons, Jarrod (Stephanie) Masters of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brett (Robin) Masters of Peoria. Leroy later married Sherrie Headley Rettig on Dec. 11, 2005, in Washington, Ill.
Surviving are his wife, Sherrie, and her two daughters, Cassi (Donny) Perhay of Morton and Andrea Fasig of Washington. Also surviving are two granddaughters of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three stepgranddaughters of Morton; and one stepgrandson of Washington. Further surviving are three sisters, Barb (Randy) Johnson, Peggy (Wally) Smith and Debbie Barrar; two brothers, Mike (Angie) Masters and Gary (Phyllis) Masters; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He proudly served our country as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam conflict.
He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 649 in Peoria. He worked for P.A. Atherton Construction Inc., retiring in 2008.
He loved adventures from flying planes, and any day was a great day for boating. His dream adventure came true when Leroy and Sherrie sailed their sailboat WINDIGO down the Intercostal Waterway and lived on their boat in Florida.
A longtime friend recently said he always had an infectious smile. Leroy was very giving and compassionate to all he touched and was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed every day.
A special thank you to Hospice of UnityPoint Health-Methodist and Illinois Cancer Center for their sympathetic care.
Cremation rites have been accorded, and no services are scheduled.
Memorial contributions in Leroy's name may be directed to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services of Central Illinois in Peoria. www.peoriafuneral.com.