East Peoria - Leroy B. Rea, age 79, of East Peoria passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at 8:38 a.m. at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Searcy County, Ark., to J. Arthur and Della (Gardner) Rea. He married Betty June Waters on Sept. 15, 1951, in Peoria. She survives, along with one daughter, Barb Harris of Morton; three sons, David (Carol) Rea of Mooresville, Ind., Dale (Lisa) Rea of Spring Bay and Darryl (Becky) Rea of Goodland, Ind.; one sister, Christine Cooley of Colorado City, Texas; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Larry James and Michael Scott Rea.
Leroy worked for TP&W Railroad for 30 years, retiring in the fall of 1992.
He was a member of the United Transportation Union. He enjoyed volunteering at the Relay for Life and attending Bluegrass festivals.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Officiating will be John Andrew Rea. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will follow the services.
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