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Lyle Cotton

1/1/1942 - 12/25/2019

EAST PEORIA ~ Lyle Lee Cotton, 77, of East Peoria, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his home.

Born January 1, 1942 in Peoria to Lyle Leslie Cotton and Lillian Adella Goll. He married Sandra Paul in 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; two sisters; two sets of twins; his grandparents; former wife, Sandra Day, who he built a life with for over 20 years and two former wives, Virginia Robertson and Shirley Perry.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra; one son, Scott (Angela Hills) Stewart of Bartonville; five daughters, Deloris (Kay) Cotton of East Peoria, Ginny Lee Cotton-Pribble of Springfield, Lilly (Arthur) Conover and Holly Massey both of Seabring, Florida, Adella Cotton of Peoria; brothers and sisters, Mary Kidd and Raymond Cotton both of East Peoria, Brenda (Courtland) Brower of Pekin, Michael (Sandra) Cotton and Patti Bruce) McCree of West Peoria. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren.

Lyle retired from Yellow Checkered Cab Company after 30 plus years of employment.

He was an avid Bears fan and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting, and wrestling.

Lyle loved his family very much.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Creve Coeur.

Memorial contributions may be given to UnityPoint Hospice, 221 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61636 or American Diabetes Association, 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 3420, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

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