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Gerald E. McFarden

1/27/1961 - 2/9/2017

CREVE COEUR ~ Gerald E. McFarden, 56, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 6:19 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
 
Born January 27, 1961 in Pekin to Gerald D. and Rose Marie (High) McFarden, he married Brenda Erps in 1998 in Groveland.  He was preceded in death by his mother.
 
Surviving are his father, Gerald D. (Marian) McFarden of Bloomington; two sons, Michael (Angie) Byrns of Canton and Gerald (Kristy Halverson) McFarden of Morton; one daughter, Sarah Byrns of Creve Coeur; three grandchildren, Eli Cipolla, Layne Byrns and Hannelore Byrns; one brother, Troy McFarden of Creve Coeur; two sisters, Julia (Chris) Blankenship of Washington and Lisa Buckley of Creve Coeur; and six nieces and nephews, Paige (Mike) Theobald, Ashley (Jeremy) Turner, Lenzi (Lane) Faircloth, Sydnei McFarden, Stephanie Floyd and Devin Thompson.
 
Gerald had worked for the Teamsters & Chauffeurs Local #627 in Peoria.
 
He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He loved spending time with them and they were his whole life. He especially enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his grandkids. He also liked ballroom dancing.
 
His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.  Pastor Lloyd Brock will officiate.  There will be no visitation.  Immediately following the memorial service, military honors will be rendered by the United States Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team at the Veteran's Memorial in Creve Coeur.  
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.

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