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Gary O. Erxleben

1/23/1952 - 2/23/2018

NORTH PEKIN ~ Gary Owen Erxleben, 66, of North Pekin, passed away at 3:06 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 at his home.
Born January 23, 1952 in Pekin to Arthur and Lila (Kline) Erxleben, he was the beloved husband of Paula (Cobb) Erxleben.  They were married on April 6, 2001 in Pekin.  
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Candice Rashid of Pekin and Denise (Chris) Welchman of North Pekin; two sons, Daniel Erxleben of Pekin and Jason (Shawna) Erxleben of Pekin; nine grandchildren, Brandon Erxleben, Kayla Nichols, Tana Proehl, Logan Welchman, Devin Welchman, Natasha Erxleben, Parker Erxleben, Elizabeth Erxleben and Landon Erxleben and one brother, Dennis (Paula) Erxleben of New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Rhiley Proehl.
Gary retired from Caterpillar, Inc. on March 3, 2009 after 30 years of service as a machine operator at Mossville.
He was an associate member of Paul Towne Memorial AMVETS Post #169 in North Pekin.  
An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Gary loved riding his Harley Trike and was a member of the AMVET Riders in North Pekin. 
Gary collected old BB Guns and restored them.  He also was a magical carpenter and could do most anything.   He always loved celebrating the holidays, with the 4th of July being his favorite.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Visitation will be one hour before the funeral.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Paul Towne Memorial AMVETS Post #169, 660 Radio City Drive, North Pekin, IL  61554.