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PEKIN ~ John L. Barwick, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Fondulac Rehab and Healthcare in East Peoria.

Born October 20, 1932 in Louisville, Kentucky to John C. and Mary B. (Lewis) Barwick, he married Joan E. Powers on March 2, 1974 in Pekin.  She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Kim Smith of Roseburg, Oregon, Dori Smith of Pekin, Christy (John) Maddalazzo of Austin, Texas; two sons, Tom (Julie) Barwick of Mansfield, Ohio, John Barwick of Odessa, Texas; sixteen grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two expected soon and one brother, Calvin (Karen) Barwick of Sacramento, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Steve Barwick and Scott Smith.

He graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1950 and joined the United States Navy in March, 1951, serving until March, 1955 during the Korean War.  His duty stations included a Naval Air Station near Pensacola, Florida and aboard the U.S.S. Duxbury Bay in the Persian Gulf.

He enrolled in the University of Louisville in June, 1962 and graduated in three years in June, 1965 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

John accepted a job with Corn Products and moved to Pekin in June, 1965, where he worked as a Shift Supervisor in the mill house, then Employment Manager, Labor Relations Manager, Employee Benefits Manager, Safety Director and with Pekin Energy, he worked as Security Supervisor and as Safety and Security Director.  He retired April 1, 1989.  He and his wife then began a 22 year adventure working as volunteers in campgrounds for the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service and State Parks in Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida.  After working 32 times, usually for 3 months at a time, they retired again.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Hank Anderson will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Cremation will be accorded.  Military rites will be provided by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 243 Derby Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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