Dennis J. McLaughlin, 90, of Peoria, formerly of Chillicothe, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born July 12, 1922, in Jersey City, N.J., to  Edward F.C. and Katharine (Drummond) McLaughlin, he married Kathryn Ann Fleming July 12, 1947, in Baraboo, Wis. She survives.

Also surviving are six children, Michael (Lisa) McLaughlin of Barrington Hills, Mary Ellen (Dr. Alan) DeBord of Peoria, Katharine (Wade) White of Colleyville, Texas, Patrick J. McLaughlin of Chillicothe, Martin J. McLaughlin of Hopewell, and Peter A. McLaughlin of Chillicothe; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; Franklin Koons.

He was preceded in death by one son, Dennis; one granddaughter; one brother; one sister; and one half-sister.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran serving in World War II. He was a C474 pilot and a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the American Legion Post 9 and the Purple Heart Association.

He graduated from the Institute of Insurance in New York. He was the President of McLaughlin & Sons, Inc. Insurance Company in Peoria for more than 50 years.

He was a founding member of the Optimist Club of Chillicothe, a member of the Peoria Country Club and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He served as a Chillicothe City Council member and also served on the St. Joseph Nursing Home Board.

He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe where a funeral mass will be at 3 p.m. Friday with visitation one hour prior. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral mass and inurnment will take place in Milford, Pa., at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project 230 W Monroe Street, Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60606, Lutheran Hillside Village or St. Edward Church.

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