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Perry D. Whitley

5/12/1956 - 10/21/2019

PEKIN ~ Perry Dale Whitley, 63, of Pekin, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Born May 12, 1956 in Pekin to Dale L. and Evelyn (Ritchie) Whitley. He married Marcia K. Harms on May 14, 1977 in Pekin.  She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Melissa (Michael) Prochnow of Pingree Grove, IL, Fashia (Eric) Eubanks of Pekin; two sons, Chris (Ashley) Whitley of Green Valley, Casey (Brandi) Whitley of Pekin; nine grandchildren, Gavin Shue, Casey Whitley, Jr., Enrique Rodriguez III, Joseph Prochnow, Adrianna Prochnow, Cameron Whitley, Johnathon Eubanks, Elizabeth Eubanks and Joslynn Eubanks; two brothers, Rick (Boyce) Whitley of Pekin, J. Dennis (Pat) Whitley of Manito; one sister, Naydene (John) Haynes of Pekin and one brother-in-law, Gary Williams of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Jayna Eubanks on December 19, 2006 and one sister, Pamela Denise Williams.

Perry had worked for Evonik Industries in Mapleton for 34 years, retiring on October 18, 2019.  He had also owned and operated Whitley’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Pekin since 2003.

He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 25 and the United Steel Workers Union Local #7-807, both in Pekin.

Perry was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin where he had been active with the Dartball League.  He was also involved as a Cub Scout Pack leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  He was devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren.  He was also known to have never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone he met.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Pastor Simeon Raddatz will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Additional visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.  Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 700 South 4th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or to Illinois Special Olympics, 605 East Willow Street, Normal, IL 61761

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