PEORIA - Lester David DeTrempe, 88, of Peoria passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at his residence.
He was born on March 15, 1924, in Peoria to Lester George and Maureen (Claspell) DeTrempe. He married Mary Amberg on Oct. 16, 1948, and the couple recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
David is survived by his 11 children, David Jr. (Dale) DeTrempe of Wauwatosa, Wis., Therese (Ron) Gruber of Peoria, Ill., Katherine (Ken) Wolbeck of Peoria, Ill., Elizabeth (Dave) Thomas of San Antonio, Texas, Frances (Larry) Solomon of Peoria, Ill., Maureen (Rick) Smith of Palm Coast, Fla., Mary Susan (Marty) Willi of Peoria, Ill., Peter (Rosemarie) DeTrempe of Houston, Texas, Mark (Cindy) DeTrempe of Barrington, Ill., Christopher (Corinne) DeTrempe of South Bend, Ind., and Thomas (Desiree) DeTrempe of Winnetka, Ill. He also is survived by 39 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Anne; grandson, Jacob Willi; and son-in-law, Bill Hughes.
David served his country during World War II in the 104th Infantry Division (Timberwolves). He was in Company C, 415th Infantry Regiment.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1947. After a 42-year career with P.A. Bergner & Co., he retired as the senior vice president of finance.
Throughout his life, David served on numerous foundations and boards, including Goodwill Industries of Peoria, Home Federal Savings & Loan, Peoria Development Council, St. Mary's College Parents' Advisory Board and Mount Hawley Country Club. He was member of the Country Club of Peoria and of the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Spalding Council No. 427 and 4th Degree Spalding Assembly No. 206. After retirement, he volunteered for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. In 2002, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Peoria Notre Dame High School. He was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Recitation of the rosary will be at 4:30 p.m., also at the church. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the funeral Mass, which will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. The Rev. David Richardson will officiate. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of Illinois or the L. David DeTrempe Scholarship Fund at the University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or to a
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