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PEORIA ~ Kenneth F. Vander Leest, 89, of Peoria, passed away at 4:26 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born May 13, 1928 in Mitchellville, Iowa to Arthur and Marie (de Reus) Vander Leest, he married Sondra D. Matthew on September 10, 1955 in Pekin.  She died October 12, 2014 in Galesburg.  He was also preceded in death by one son, Kent Vander Leest; one daughter, Kim Duchnowski; and one brother, Norman Vander Leest.

Surviving are one daughter, Krista Vander Leest of Springfield; one son, Kurt (Lisa) Vander Leest of Bristow, Virginia; son-in-law, Lenard Duchnowski of Hindsboro; three grandchildren, Jillian, Alexander, and Nicholas; and three great-grandchildren.

He was a United States Army veteran.

A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, he received his law degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.   He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Kenneth was an attorney for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 35 years, working in Switzerland for 5 years and at the General Office in Peoria.

Kenneth enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, and hiking in Arizona.  He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye’s.

His service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Glendale Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Pekin.  Father Matthew Dallman of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pekin will officiate.  There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL  61637.

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