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Oscar E. Reaktenwalt

8/12/1939 - 4/2/2018

PEKIN ~ Oscar E. Reaktenwalt, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 3:38 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018 at Bay Medical Emergency Room on the Beach in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Oscar was born on August 12, 1939 in Pekin to Lloyd and Emma Reaktenwalt.
Oscar left the love of his life, his wife Rosemary (Samms) Reaktenwalt.  They married June 6, 1960 and were married for 57 years.  They were high school sweethearts.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary of Pekin; daughters, Kelly Berry and Rochelle Hermann; two grandsons, Tyler Berry and Ryan Berry; nephew, Allen (Debbie) Shore of Springfield; and niece, Anita (Tom) Griffiths of Havana.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Rose Osterloh and Juanita (Dale) Shore.
Oscar was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather to his grandsons, Tyler and Ryan Berry.
Oscar attended Pekin Community High School and graduated in 1957.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1961.  He worked at Keystone Steel and Wire for 36 years as a transportation foreman, retiring in 1993.  He had a great love of cars.  He had always wanted to sell cars.  After retirement, he worked at the Uftring dealership in Washington.  He was salesman of the month in July 1993.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge.
Oscar was a  die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, never missing a game when they were televised.  He loved taking his family to the Cubs games and went yearly for many years.  Oscar enjoyed bowling and had enjoyed bowling in many leagues for 25 years.
Oscar loved going to watch his grandsons, Ryan and Tyler play baseball and basketball.  He also enjoyed spending the winters in Panama City Beach with his wife and their friends.  He loved going out for dinner every night with his wife, daughter and grandsons, Tyler and Ryan.  They were the light of his life and spent every day with them.
Oscar was a wonderful, kind and generous man and was loved by the people who were fortunate to have known him.  He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Cremation was done by Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City Beach, Florida.  Graveside services will be held at a later date at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.