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Norman E. Hill

6/10/1934 - 10/11/2017

PEKIN ~ Norman Edward “Norm” Hill, 83, of Pekin, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Born June 10, 1934 in Pekin to Donald and Jeanette (Strojan) Hill, he married Deanna Morgan on June 23, 1962 in Peoria.  She survives. 

Also surviving are one daughter, Heidi (Douglas) Legel of Pekin; three grandchildren, Joshua Thomas of Pekin, Jeremy (Evelyn) Moss of Hawaii, Jamie (Anthony) Cates of Pekin; two great-grandchildren, Gabrial Thomas of Pekin and Raelynn Leiby of Creve Coeur; one brother, Donald Hill and one sister, Betty Morris, both of Sylva, North Carolina .

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Norm was a member of the Pekin Community High School class of 1953.  He played basketball, baseball and football in high school.  He then graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Education in 1972.  He was later inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.

He had served with the United States Army from 1953 until 1955.

Norm had been the Director at the Pekin Boys Club from 1971 until 1972.  He then worked as a teacher and coach at Peoria Central High School from 1972 until 1975.  From 1975 until 1978 he was with Tremont High School as a teacher and coach for the varsity Basketball team.  From 1978 until his retirement on November 30, 2005, he served as President at Illinois Employment and Training Program.

He was a member of the Pekin Family Moose Center and was a former member of the Sunset Hills Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf.  He went on two golf trips a year for the last 30 years with his friends.  He loved going on family vacations to Pensacola Beach and just spending time with his family.

His memorial visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Military rites will be provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Boys and Girls Club, 1101 Veerman St. Pekin, Illinois 61554

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