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Stanley W. Watson

2/25/1949 - 2/13/2020

PEKIN ~ Stanley W. Watson, 70, of Pekin passed away on February 13, 2020 at 7:55 p.m. at his residence.

Born February 25, 1949 in Pekin to Warren and Geraldine “Cooke” Watson, he first married Helen Fay McDowell whom he had one child with and then went on to marry Terri Powell whom he had two children with.

Surviving are one daughter, Sarah (Timothy) Watson-Perkins of Pekin; three sons, Graham (Amy) Watson of Pekin, Matthew (Catherine) Watson of Gillette Wyoming, and Joshua Smith of Houston Texas; six grandchildren, Summer, Isaac, Garrett, Warren, Emily, Lily; three sisters, Sandra Barr of Pekin, Patricia Watson of California, Gloria (Raymond) Heyde of Danvers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Thomas Watson.

Stanley was raised in the Normandale Reformed Church in Normandale and went on and attended Christian Assembly Church in Peoria.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War enlisting on September 20, 1968 and was honorably discharged on September 18, 1970.

He worked on the Chicago Northwestern Railroad starting in 1973 as a break-man and worked his way up the ranks retiring in 1992 as a conductor/engineer.

Stanley enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, collecting, trading antiques, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and was a beer enthusiast. He was active in Point Man Ministries and POW MIA Foundation. He will be missed by all family and friends who knew him. 

A Celebration of Life will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday February 20, 2020 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory Pekin, 500 North 4th St., Pekin, Illinois 61554.

Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at a later date

Memorials may be made to American Alzheimer’s Association, 614 W Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614, American Legion, 718 Margaret St., Pekin, IL 61554, USA towards the POW MIA Foundation and The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758571, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

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