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Farrell R. Trueblood

4/21/1947 - 1/30/2020

PEKIN ~ Farrell Ray Trueblood, 72, of Pekin, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Born April 21, 1947 in Pekin to Paul Edward and Alice Marie (Weaver) Trueblood, he married Diana L. Murphy on December 29, 2000 in Pekin.  She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Nicole (Troy) Tarter of Pekin, Josh (Linda) Trueblood of Lawton, Oklahoma and Erin (Nick) Zobrist of Morton; three stepchildren, Tom (Julie) Svendsen, Trisha (Terry) Meyers and Todd Svendsen, all of Pekin; sixteen grandchildren, Dale Tarter, Kristine Tarter, Alex Tarter, Jacob Trueblood, Davi Trueblood, Grace Trueblood, Brody Zobrist, Cade Zobrist, Trae Zobrist, Beckham Zobrist, Tommy Svendsen, Erica Svendsen, Zachary Meyers, Hunter Meyers, Nick Svendsen and Alexa Svendsen; one great-granddaughter, Lynlee Meyers; two brothers, Ronald Trueblood of Bartonville and Mark “Ed” Trueblood of Lacon and one sister, Paula (Doug) Snell of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A proud Marine, Farrell had served in the Vietnam War and enjoyed, in recent years, traveling with the Honor Flight to Washington, DC with his brother Ron.  He was a member of the 2nd battalion 11th (Echo) Marine, supporting the 5th battalion.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology, Engineering/Industrial Management.  He was employed by Caterpillar, Inc. at the Mapleton Foundry, last as a manager retiring in 2000 with 35 years of service.  He then worked in Mexico and was instrumental in starting the Proaza Grady Foundry.  He, then, went on to work in China and was currently working as a consultant for Rico in India.  Farrell enjoyed travel and was fortunate that his work took him all over the world.

Farrell loved bowling, country music, pickup trucks, ornery humor, Wisconsin fishing, and his family.  He had a way of pulling family around him at the holidays and loved seeing everyone together for old traditions and food.  He considered it his mission to teach every one of his grandkids how to fish for crappie, and how to golf at the local Par 3 course.  He was at every ball game and play he could get to, and always so proud.  He had kids and grandkids by blood, but countless more that he “adopted”.  He was proud to have made a hole-in-one and to have passed on his love for golf to his grandkids.  He always looked forward to the annual fishing trip to Wisconsin with his son, sons-in-law, grandkids, and brothers.

His relationship with God wasn’t traditional, but he believed and held a deep Christian faith.

His memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps.  Pastor Tim Harkness and Pastor Kent Smith will officiate.  Visitation will be from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the funeral home.  Cremation has been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois  61637 or to Alzheimer’s Association, 614 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, Illinois  61614.

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