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NORTH PEKIN ~ Larry Eugene Barnes, 68, of North Pekin, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born August 19, 1948 in Pekin to Ralph and Alberta (Rowell) Barnes, he married Suzann Hofmann on April 29, 1977 in Pekin. She died December 13, 2006 in Pekin. He later married Kathryn Pierce on April 20, 2013 in Groveland.

Surviving are his wife of North Pekin; two daughters, Brandee (Trent Oliver) Barnes of Pekin and Tammy Butler of North Pekin; two sons, Bill (Brenda) Barnes of Pekin and Larry (Jody) Barnes, Jr. of Manito; two step-children, Ryan Barker and Me’gan (Chad) Olsen both of North Pekin; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one aunt, Lilah (Ron) Bright of Tremont.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister.

Larry was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1965 to 1969.

He had worked for 20 years as a motor route carrier for the Peoria Journal Star and Pekin Daily Times, retiring in 2008.

Larry liked old cars, loved watching professional wrestling, working in his yard and tinkering in his shed.

His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Pastor Joe Miars will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Military rites will be provided by the U.S. Navy and Inter Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria 61614 or American Heart Association, 141 W White Oaks Dr. # A, Springfield, IL 62704.

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