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PEKIN ~ Terrence James Svendsen, 65, of Pekin, passed away at 5:18 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2018 at his home.

Born June 28, 1952 in Pekin to Knud and Kathryn (Cash) Svendsen, he married Robin Ball on June 30, 1973 in Pekin.

Surviving are three daughters, Kiersten Smith of Macedonia, Ohio, Lynn (Leonard) Kasinger and Jessica Svendsen, both of Pekin; six grandchildren; siblings, David (Donna) Svendsen, John “Jack” Svendsen, Danny Svendsen, Tom (Sharon) Svendsen, Michael (Barb) Svendsen, all of Pekin, Margie Svendsen of Portland, Oregon, and Sonja (Guy) Stanford of VanCouver, Canada.

He was preceded by his parents; two brothers, Byron Svendsen and Bob Svendsen; and one sister, Yvonne Keyster.

Terry owned and operated TJS Builders in Pekin.

He was a hard worker, who was admired by many. He made everyone feel special and always had a joke in hand and was able to ease difficult times with laughter. Even in his last days he remained loyally dedicated to ensure that “his girls” were taken care of.

Selfless, intelligent, witty, sarcastic and giving are a few traits that best describe Terry. His character and spirit will live on well beyond the grave.

Private burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate at 530 NE Glen Oak Dr. Peoria, IL 61614.

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