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GLASFORD ~ Willard James Schmitt, 82, of Glasford, passed away at 5:02 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria.

Born September 5, 1934 in Peoria to William Willard and Harmey (Krus) Schmitt, he married Cheryl A. Woods on January 16, 1960 in Glasford.  She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Wanda Schmitt of West Peoria; one son, Joseph Schmitt of Glasford and four siblings, Carl (Sally) Schmitt of Peoria, Francis (Jim) Burton of East Peoria, Lillian (Jerry) Jarnagin of Canton and Rosalie Schmitt of Hanna City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Cecil Schmitt.

He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. Willard had the opportunity to take part in the May 2015 Honor Flight.

Willard worked for Sommer Brothers Seed Company in Pekin as a mechanic for more than 20 years, retiring in 1999.

His passion was woodworking and working outside in the yard and gardening.  He was an avid nature watcher.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Chris Bigger will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour before the funeral.  Cremation will be accorded following the funeral and inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Maple Ridge Cemetery in Mapleton. Military rites will be provided by the Military Honors Team and the Glasford American Legion Post 35.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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