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EAST PEORIA ~ James Michael Luenz, 53, of East Peoria, passed away at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in the Emergency Room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born August 31, 1965 in Peoria to Michael and Judith K. (Rader) Luenz.

Surviving are his mother and step-father, Judith and Jay Wagner of Buckeye, Arizona; father and step-mother, Michael and Pamela Luenz of Lafayette, Indiana; one brother, Jason (Kris) Luenz of Overland Park, Kansas; two nephews, Sean and Cody Luenz of Overland Park, Kansas; his aunt and uncle, Roger and Ellen Luenz of Columbus, Indiana, aunt Shirley Stauffer of Sun City, Arizona and cousins, Paul Luenz of Denver, Colorado, Jeff Luenz of Geneva Switzerland, Ralph Stauffer and Marissa McMains both of Glendale, Arizona.

James served six years in the United States Marine Corps.

He had worked as a CAD operator for various customers of his contract employer, including 18 years at Caterpillar, Inc. in Mossville.

James was a 1983 graduate of Woodruff High School in Peoria. He was a talented artistic person as exhibited in the scores of military figures painted for his tabletop military gaming hobby. He was also a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Formula 1 racing.

A gathering celebrating James life will be at a later date. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to the donor’s choice.

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