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PEKIN ~ Bobbie Vernon Newell, 88, of Pekin, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care in Pekin.

He was born March 27, 1931 in Rankin to Walter and Della (Smiser) Newell.  His parents and 2 brothers, Glen and Harold Newell and three sisters, Marjorie Stoller, Lucille Kinsey and Elsie Hoffman preceded him in death.

Surviving are one sister, Esther Hackney of Morton and several nieces and nephews.

He had worked for the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, also known as the Nickel Plate Railroad.

He enjoyed listening to country music, attending auctions and could be found most days at the McDonald’s Restaurant in Morton. 

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Ed Ross will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to his funeral.  Cremation will follow his service.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com