Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

William Kenneth Whaley, 86, of Peoria died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Sept. 12, 1926, in Lewistownto William R. and Helen E. (Butler) Whaley, he married Shirley M. Gibson on July 1, 1950, in Lewistown. She preceded him in death.

Surviving are his children, Susan J. Whaley of Peoria, Cindy (Don) Whaley-Ernst of Chillicothe and William K. Whaley, Jr. of Dunlap; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and three step-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Leo (Nancy) Whaley of Peoria; and one sister, Mary Lou Vandenarend of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany during World War II.

He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 26 years as a research technician.

He was a member of several area bowling leagues.  

Funeral services were Monday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe where visitation was Sunday evening. Burial was in LaSalle Cemetery.   

Memorials may be made to the Mossville Fire Station 5.  

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.