Gordon Snow

Pekin, Illinois


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PEKIN - Gordon M. Snow, 75, of Pekin passed away at 9:22 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

He was born June 2, 1938, in Watseka to Gordon H. and Elsie I. (Minier) Snow. He married Janie Herron on July 19, 1994, in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Laura (Rob) Adamski of Springfield, Teresa (Duke) Sayles of Pekin and Tammy (Steve) Bushong of Peoria; one son, Gordon D. (Beth) Snow of Dubai; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sheryl (O.B.) Pace of Sterling and Trisha Snow of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gordon had formerly served in the United States Army Reserve.

Gordon worked for the former First National Bank in Pekin for more than 10 years and also managed the Frontier Auditorium, located on Brenkman Drive in Pekin, until its closing. He also worked for the Pekin Area Board of Realtors as its executive vice president for several years and then for the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors for eight years.

Anyone who knew Gordon though, knew that magic was his life. He had performed comedy, close up, stand up and stage magic throughout the United States and in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel. He was a member and past president of the Peoria Magicians Assembly and was currently serving as its vice-president.

Gordon was a member of Empire Lodge 126, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Illinois in Pekin.

Gordon enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed traveling and gardening.

He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pekin.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Father Brian T. Kellington will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service held at 4:30 p.m. The broken wand ceremony will immediately follow the funeral service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

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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Janie, Sheryl & Patricia...so sorry for your loss..Gordon was a great magician as well as a good guy who never forgot his good old hometown..Emma Jane Light & Patricia Fredrickson...kent & Sheldon

I have such fond memories of Gordon from when we were both Realtor Association Executives. My thoughts and prayers to Janie, his children, grandchildren, other family and friends, RIP dear Friend.

"Let us not grieve too much, for though we do not know whether the Divine Spark which inhabited this body is conscious of our sense of loss, we who have faith believe that the effect
now witnessed is merely the end of an act in the drama of life and that the actor has received his cue to take a nobler part in a greater and a better scene.

In the name of the Creator and Master of all life's mysteries, we extend our deep sympathies to those who cherished our Compeer most....

Janie and family: Gordon will be missed. I'm sorry for your loss. With sympathy, Julie Oberle

Janie & family, So sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. We will remember him as kind, funny & a great magician and friend. He will be missed. Love & hugs, Cheri & d'Nordo

In honor of Gordon, I am remembering some wonderful times when we were Realtor Association Executives together. Wonderful man and an amazing friend. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

Many wonderful, happy memories through our association in the Realtor family. You will be sorely missed.

I will miss your smile, wit and charm. You meant the world to my family. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with Janie, little Gordon, Laura and family. You are already missed my dear friend.

I'm sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. My fondest memories are of the Snow family and working at Elsie's store.