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PEKIN ~ Brian R. DeSollar, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 4:57 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

He was born November 20, 1936 in Takoma Park, Maryland to Marion W. and Clara Araminta (Wyatt) DeSollarBrian was a 1955 graduate of Pekin Community High School, where he played football and baseball.  While at PCHS, he met his soulmate, Linda Lou Furlong.  They were married on June 30, 1957 in Creve Coeur. 

Brian attended Bradley University in Peoria and completed the International Accountant Society course.

Brian was employed by Caterpillar, Inc. for 31 years, retiring in 1986 as a management accountant from the General Office in Peoria.  He later worked for Thermetic Glass, Inc. in Toluca as controller and corporate secretary from 1986 to 1997.

Brian and Linda were blessed with two daughters, Renee (Alan) Hufford of Durand and Traci (Mike) Egan of Peoria; four grandchildren, Lindsay (Mark) Uppling of South Elgin, Kaylee (Bernie) Heine of Singapore, Jennifer Hufford of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Matt Egan of Peoria; and two great-grandchildren, Thea Uppling and Eliana Heine.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 2, 2016; his parents; and one brother, Armand DeSollar.

Brian was a Republican Precinct Committeeman for 3 years and was on Congressman Bob Michel’s re-election campaign.

Brian was a friend to all who knew him and continued monthly lunch dates with his Caterpillar co-workers.  He enjoyed many trips through the years to Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada with Linda, that were some of their favorite times together.  He will be missed by his family but they know he is with Linda again.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate.  Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pediatric Congenital Heart Association - Illinois, Post Office Box 1094, Elgin, IL  60121 or www.conqueringchd.org  – for continued support of his great-granddaughter, Eliana.

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