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Billy R. McClanahan

6/24/1927 - 12/16/2019

MARQUETTE HEIGHTS ~ Billy Ray McClanahan, 92, of Marquette Heights, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2019 at his home.

He was born June 24, 1927 in Maryville Tennessee to Roy and Mary (Hatcher) McClanahan.

He married the love of his life Mable Kathleen Christopher on December 22, 1947. She survives.

Also surviving are his three sons, Harold (Nancy) McClanahan of Marquette Heights, Rick (Kris) McClanahan of Pekin, and Ronnie McClanahan of Marquette Heights; one daughter, Sue McClanahan of Pekin, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son Michael McClanahan.

Billy was a machinist for many years. He retired from Caterpillar 37 years ago in 1982 after 30 years of service. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing in his free time. He was well known in Marquette Heights from walking with his wife hand and hand every night.

A gathering celebrating Billy’s life will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the Pekin Eagles Lodge, 274 Derby Street in Pekin. Military rites will be accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team starting at 2:00 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Hospice at 2265 W. Altorfer Dr. Peoria, IL 61615

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