1928 - 2016

Howard Leslie Bacon Jr., 88, of Pekin, passed away at 9:29 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria.

Born Jan. 17, 1928, in Peoria to Howard Leslie Sr. and Lucille J. Alexander Bacon. He married Mary Lou Badgerow Oct. 7, 1949, in Peoria. She died Aug. 30, 2014.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Bacon; and one sister, Shirley Fitton.

Surviving are three sons, Howard “Butch” (Lisa) Bacon III of Munson, Mass., Chuck (Elaine) Bacon and Dennis (Kim) Bacon, both of Pekin; one daughter, Teresa (Bobbyjack) Seitz of Peoria; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Howard worked at Simpson-Sinclair Oil Company / ARCO in East Peoria and later in Chillicothe for a total of 26 years. He later worked for Peoria Fence Company and last was the yard manager at Airport Lumber.

Howard enjoyed woodworking, fishing, going to craft shows and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He was very handy and could make something out of nothing. He was proud of the cabin he built on Happy Hollow Lake with the help of his children.

He attended New Covenant Church of God in rural Mapleton. He was a member of Laborer’s International Union Local 165 since 1957 and was a member of the Teamsters Local 627 Retirees Club.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. John Vaughn will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial of cremated remains will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Covenant Church of God, 7023 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Peoria, IL 61607.

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