Lawrence Gresham

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PEORIA HEIGHTS - Lawrence W. Gresham, age 77, of Peoria Heights, Illinois, passed away at 4:09 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the home of his son, Kenny Gresham.

He also was known by the nicknames of "Tony," "Chet" and "Larry."

He was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Washington, Ill., to Leo and Olive (Smith) Gresham. He was united in marriage on Sept. 1, 1963, to Judy Fellows in Peoria, Ill. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kenneth (Lucy) Gresham of Washburn, Ill., and Teresa Morrissey of London, England; grandchildren, Kenny (Sara) Gresham Jr. and Jennifer Gresham; and great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Andrew, Alaina, Will and Gaige. He is also survived by sisters, Nellie Gresham of Kearney, Neb., Marilyn Cooley of Shenandoah, Texas, and Barbara Swanson of Washburn, Ill.; brothers, Harrison Gresham of Garnavillo, Iowa, and Herbert (Peg) Gresham of Peoria Heights, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Doris Myers and Betty Siebdrath; and two brothers, Clarence and Walter Gresham.

Lawrence served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, serving from 1952 to 1960. He was owner of Highland Hills Landscaping in East Peoria.

He enjoyed flea markets, garage sales and coin collecting. He was a big Chet Atkins fan and loved playing his many guitars over the years. He enjoyed watching his grandson, Kenny Jr., race stock cars and loved playing gospel music and speaking the word of God to many nursing home residents. He was of the Baptist faith.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Buegel officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded with burial of ashes at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Methodist Hospice. Online condolences at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 7, 2012
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