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RAYMOND LEE KERKER, 85, of Pekin, Ill., passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, 11:25 p.m., at his home. Born May 27, 1933, in Peoria, Ill., he was a son of Edward and Marguerite (Jung) Kerker. He married Donna Worlow on Sept. 27, 1954 in California. He later married Della Mae Roberts on April 23, 1988 in Pekin. Raymond had served in the United States Air Force. He had worked for Wayne Feeds (Allied Mills) for 37 years, retiring in 1998. Raymond enjoyed woodworking for many years. Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl Boelk of Mendota, Ill., and Deborah (David) Runkle of Fort Wayne; one son, Edward Kerker of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Justin Boelk, Thomas Runkle, Robert Runkle, Michael Runkle, and Sarah Kerker; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Kerker of Peoria; three sisters, Patricia Youngren of Washington, Ill., Joyce Schmidt of Bartonville, Ill., and Mary Ellen (Ernest) Mahan; and his companion, Grace Smith. He was preceded in death by his wives; two grandsons, Matthew Boelk and Dennis Boelk; and sister-in-law, Norma Kerker. Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, Ill., with visitation one hour prior and military honors provided by the United States Air Force and Tazewell Military Rites Team. Pastor Tom Pisano officiating. Inurnment will be in Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OSF Hospice, 2265 W. Altorfer Drive, Peoria, IL 61615. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Sept. 7, 2018
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