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PEKIN ~ Thomas Walter Bennett, Jr., 50, of Pekin, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

He was born August 11, 1966 in Pekin to Thomas Walter and Linda L. (Stewart) Bennett.

Surviving are his parents of Pekin; two daughters, Kira N. Bennett of Cross Plains, Texas and Breanna L. (Joey) Estes of Pekin; one son, Thomas Walter Bennett, III of Pekin; five grandchildren, James Egan, Aerial Egan, Danielle Bennett, Addylin Estes and Riley Estes; a half-sister, Kenna (Marty) Curtis of Tennessee and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one infant daughter, Danielle F. Bennett.

Tom was an ironworker.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his children.  He also loved racing and rebuilding stock cars.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Dowice Ashley will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the funeral.  Burial will be in Imhoff Cemetery in Congerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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