Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

Steven LeRoy Awalt, 78, of Chillicothe died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

Born Sept. 20, 1934, in Peoria to Steven C. and Elise (Gilmore) Awalt, he married Lois Pettitt in 1961. She preceded him in death.

He also was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.

Surviving are his grandchildren: Theresia (Sean) Perkins of Peoria, Patrick (Nicholette) Tippett of East Peoria and Steven Tippett of Paducah, Ky., and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one half-sister; Arletta K. Draper of Bonita Springs, Fla.

He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Mossville.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chillicothe City Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Harrison will officiate.  

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital or the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Weber-Hurd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

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