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PEKIN ~ Darrell Eugene Artman, 80, of Pekin, passed away at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Pekin.

Born November 18, 1937 in Peoria to Ben and Julia (Blanquet) Artman, he married Peggy Seelye.  He later married Robin Smiley on November 26, 1977 in Pekin.  She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Bennie (Corie) Artman of Pekin, Chuck Bender of Washington; three daughters, Sherrie Artman, Heidi (Michael) Burmeister and Valerie (Harold) Flick, all of Pekin; nineteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, John Smiley of Houston, Texas and one sister-in-law, Gloria Corbin of Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Thomas; two daughters, Cindy and Holly; two grandchildren and one sister, Wanda Hankinson.

Darrell had served in the United States Army from 1955 until 1958 spending part of his service in Germany.

He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 17 years, retiring as a Millwright in 1981.  He had also remodeled homes for Allen and Associates Realty in Pekin.

Darrell had been a member of the George Maple Memorial AMVETS Post #235 in Pekin.

He loved spending time with his family and was a dog lover.  He enjoyed going out scrapping and junking, working on things and didn’t mind getting his hands dirty.  He was a collector of knick-knacks and all things wolves.  He also enjoyed riding his Harley and racing with his buddies.  He had a passion for gardening which he developed at a young age working in the garden with his grandmother 

There will be a gathering celebrating his life on Saturday, June 2nd from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the family’s house.  Cremation will be accorded.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell County Veteran’s Assistance Commission Food Pantry, 11 South 4th Street, Suite 114, Pekin, IL 61554

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