Leroy Cruse

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HANNA CITY - Leroy Albert Cruse, 79, of Hanna City passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Leroy was born July 29, 1934, in Peoria to Donald L. and Bernice L. Shaw Cruse. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, John Arthur Grigsby. He married Wilma J. Redenius on Jan. 30, 1953.

He is survived by his children, Brenda Lee (William) Thomas of Washington, Daniel Wayne (Carol) Cruse of Glasford, Deborah Kay (John) Bozsoki of Farmington and Mary Etta (Bart) Phillips of Hanna City; grandchildren, William (Dana) Thomas of Morton, Tiffany (Casson) White of East Peoria, Tonya Chandler of Canton, Dana Cruse of Peoria, Ashley Walker of Canton, Danielle Cruse of Peoria, Jason (Sarah) Reed of Davis Junction, Kevin (Katie) Reed of Denver, Colo., Kristin (Jesse) Huff of North Liberty, Iowa, Derek Look of Bartonville, Michael A. Cruse of Michigan, Leigh (Seth) Whitmer of Collinsville, Beth Phillips of Peoria and Bree Bozsoki of Farmington, Ill.; 11 great-grandchildren, with two on the way; brother, Gerald G. (Judith) Cruse of Bartonville; and several nieces and nephews.

His wife; daughter, Wilma J. Look; brother, Donald M. Cruse; and parents preceded him in death.

Leroy was devoted to his family. He was an avid motorcyclist and Cubs fan and loved touring the west.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded by Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in East Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research, Midwest Affiliate.

Leroy's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.

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Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory - East Peoria
444 E. Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 699-5999
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Published in Peoria Journal Star from July 7 to July 10, 2014
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