PEKIN - Charles Raymond "Charlie Ray" Young, 63, of Pekin passed away at 3:29 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Sept. 18, 1950, in Peoria to Ernest Edward and Evelyn (Glore) Young, he married Janice D. Gandy on Nov. 7, 1970, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lana (Marty) Bohannan of Manito and Nicole (Aaron) Rose of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one son, Jaramie Charles (Karina) Young; seven grandchildren, Tristen (Wally Kohtz) Harper of San Jose, Stephanie (Rob Jones) Harper and Taylor (Michael Artman) Harper, both of Pekin, Seth Rose and Noah Rose, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Ethan Young and Evan Young, both of Liberty, Mo.; two great-grandchildren, Hank Charles and Jet Liam; four brothers, Ed (Barb) Young of Pekin, Joe (Lydia) Young of East Peoria, George Young of Elmwood and Gerald (Linda) Young of Washington; and four sisters, Althea Rushing of East Peoria, Audrey Strube of Peoria, Mary (Kermit) Heinz of Creve Coeur and Marcie (Don) Kellenberger of Lake Orion, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and two brothers.
Charlie was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria.
He had served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Charlie had worked for Caterpillar Inc. in Mossville for 36 years, retiring in 2006.
He was an avid drag racer and enjoyed riding motorcycles. He was known to his biker friends as "Wild Rider." He loved bowling and received a 300 ring. He also enjoyed table tennis and car shows. He was formerly a hunter and was a member of the Smithfield and Elmwood gun clubs. He also was involved with trap shooting and was known to that group of friends as "Boom Boom Charlie." He also loved golfing. Charlie was a "go-to" guy and was very generous. He cherished the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria. Father Terry Cassidy will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria, where military rites will be provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.
Memorial contributions may be given to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 11 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60603.
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