PEKIN - John Henry Gay Jr., 82, of Pekin passed away at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at his home.
Born April 26, 1930, in East Peoria to John H. and Evelyn (Shea) Gay Sr., he married Judith Combs on June 26, 1953, in Peoria.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Lynn Gay of Pekin; three sons, John E. Gay, Darren (Mary) Gay and Robert Gay, all of Pekin; six grandchildren, Jessica Gay, Rachel (Tom) Ghelardini, Tera Gay, Allen (Ashley) Hawkins, Jonathon Gay and Austin Gay; four great-grandsons; and one brother, Jack (Marilyn) Gay of East Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
John served in the U.S. Army Special Forces during the Korean War.
A carpenter by trade, he worked out of Carpenters Union Local 644 in Pekin for 55 years, and was a former president of the union.
John was a member of Pekin Eagles Aerie 1869, Pekin AMVETS Post No. 235 in Pekin and a former of member the Pekin Mooose No. 916 Family Center.
He was a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed fishing and duck hunting.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Richard Brienen will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.
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