Farmington - George Anthony Starcevich, 84, of Farmington, Ill., passed away at 2 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Farmington Country Manor.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1928, in Farmington, the son of Joseph and Phillipina Starcevich. George married Helen Lane on April 27, 1957.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; three children, Theresa (Kevin) Kleinschmidt of Arenzville, George (Sue) Starcevich of Farmington and Joe Starcevich of Fairview; five grandchildren, Kenneth Kleinschmidt of Virginia, Ill., David Kleinschmidt of South Jacksonville, Paula (James) Hutchison of Jacksonville, Jessica (Ryan) Buescher of Indianapolis, Ind., and Justin (fiancee Ashley Schuck) Starcevich of Farmington; three great-grandchildren, Rowan Buescher, Aylah Buescher and Mckenzie Hutchison; and one sister, Josephine Rowley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Matt; and five sisters, Eva Jennings, Stephanie Johnson, Kate Grzanich, Ann Grzanich and Agnes Hedden.
He was a Farmington High School graduate of 1949. He was drafted into the Army and was a private first class in the Infantry, as a 1st Calvary F, foot patrol. He fought in the Korean War, where he was wounded on the battlefield. He received two Purple Hearts for being wounded twice in one day. He also received a United Nations Medal and the Gary Cavalry Medal.
After being discharged, George returned to work at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 1986, with 37 1/2 years service. He also was a lifelong farmer.
He was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Farmington; Fairview American Legion Post 644, Purple Heart Association of Peoria; and United Auto Workers Local 974.
He will be missed by his dog, Toby.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, with recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Farmington, with Father Paul Stiene officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
, or St. Matthew's Catholic Church.
To view George's memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.