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James R. Funk

9/15/1953 - 3/2/2020

GREEN VALLEY ~ James Robert Funk Jr., 66, of Green Valley passed away on March 2, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. at UnityPoint Health Methodist.

Born September 15, 1953 in Pekin to James Robert and Eleanor (Kelly) Funk Sr. He married the love of his life Debra Koeppel on January 11, 1975. She survives.

Surviving are one son, Ben (Kristina) Funk of Pekin; one daughter, Kerri (Arie) True-Funk; three grandchildren, Robert, Raymond, Allyson. Also surviving are his father, one brother and one sister.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and one son Matthew Funk.

He worked at Keystone Steel and Wire for 44 years as a galvanizer, retiring in May of 2017.

James enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Tremont Gun Club and could never pass up time with his grandchildren.

A funeral will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 7, 2020 at the funeral home. The Rev. W. Lloyd Brock will officiate. A visitation will be from 12 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Prairie Haven Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Ln, Pekin, IL 61554.

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

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