Keith Morrell

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CHILLICOTHE - Keith C. "KC" Morrell, 67, of Chillicothe passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2010, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Chillicothe.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1942, in Macomb, the son of Charles A. and Ada M. Gossage Morrell. He married Nancy J. Wiley in 1969. He later married Edna Puckett on April 23, 2005. Surviving are his wife of Chillicothe.

Also surviving are four children, Tim (Cheryl) O'Brien of Peoria, Debra Burgess of Peoria Heights, Cynthia (Rick) Taylor of Peoria and Keith Morrell Jr. of West Peoria. Further surviving are two grandsons, as well as one sister, Norma (David) Brockely of Vermont, Ill.

He was preceded in death by one son, Patrick O'Brien, and his parents.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Airborne Division. After his honorable discharge, he became a Captain and later received his Master Pilots License, working for several tow boat companies before retiring in 2006.

His life passion was horse training, and his favorite horse being Gabe.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Manor, especially his therapist, Don.

Cremation rites have been accorded, with private services scheduled at a later date.

The family request that any memorial donations be given to Heritage Manor in memory of Keith.

Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services of Central Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 3, 2010
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