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HAROLD WAYNE AVEY, 88 ROCKFORD - Harold Wayne Avey, 88, of Rockford, died at 4:23 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Atrium Health Center. He was born February 5, 1926, in Polo, IL to Ralph and Mary (Bickford) Avey. Married to the former Ardith Martin in Lanark, IL November 8, 1947. Worked for Smith Oil and Standard Oil before forming his own business, Avoco Oil, working there until his retirement. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, the Masons, the YMCA retired Men's Club and the Vagabond's RV Club. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, bowling and golf. Survivors include his daughters, Connie Avey of Rock Island, IL, Jaci (John) Searle of Millersport, OH and Sue (Joe) Calcione of Rockford, IL; grandsons, Adam (Sheri) Searle, Tyler Searle and Nicholas (Kelli) Calcione; granddaughter, Andrea (Michael) Woldman; great- grandchildren, Myles and Grant Woldman, Gavin and Blake Calcione; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife, Ardith; great-granddaughter, Hope; brother, Albert and his wife, Esther Avey; and his parents. A special thank you to The Atrium staff for their selfless care, patience and compassion. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home, 304 N. 5th St., Rockford, with Chaplain Joe Barefield, officiating. Visitation will take place 1 hour prior to service time. Burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for donations to several charities and groups. Online memorial register, maps and directions can be found at www.weltefuneral.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 16 to May 17, 2014
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