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John A. Lacey, Jr.

9/17/1926 - 2/22/2018

PEKIN ~ John Andrew Lacey, Jr. , 91, of Pekin, passed away at 5:23 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018 at his home.  He was formerly of Farmington.

Born September 17, 1926 in Farmington to John Andrew, Sr. and Elizabeth L. (Boldys) Lacey, he married Colleen M. Beckner on November 12, 1949 in Farmington.  She died January 29, 2010.  He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Lacey.

Surviving are one son, John (Ramona) Lacey, III of Farmington; two daughters, Lynn Brady of Pekin and Michelle (Dirk) Lacey-Nauman of Henry; six grandchildren, Brooke (Nick) Bloomer of Pekin, Seberina (Shawn) Thrush of Farmington, Stephen (Tanya) Lacey of Norfolk, Virginia, Britt (Gita) Brady of Eugene, Oregon, Samantha Lacey of Metamora, and Ethan Lacey of Henry; ten great-grandchildren and the expected birth of a great-grandchild in March; and two sisters, Elizabeth Broadfield of Yates City and Mary Joan (William) Rogers of Farmington.

He was a 1944 graduate of Farmington High School.

A United States Navy veteran of World War II, he served from January 16, 1945 to July 8, 1946.  He attained the rank of Seaman First Class.  John participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in May of 2017 with his escort, Dr. Bill Fisher.

John had worked out of Laborers Local 990 of Fulton County where he had served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  He then worked 19 years for International Harvester in Canton as a set-up man, working until the plant closed.  He last worked for the City of Farmington as a laborer for several years.  He also had owned and operated with his father, Lacey’s 116 Club in Farmington for 20 years.

He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin and the Father Daniel Sheehan Knights of Columbus Council #12083 in Farmington.  He also was a member of the Farmington Moose Lodge #1571 since 1948, where he was a past administrator and received the Pilgrim degree.  He was a volunteer at Pekin Hospital.

John was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing in Minnesota.  He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin with Father Michael Andrejek as the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.  Burial will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph Catholic School Tuition Fund, 300 South 6th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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