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Ralph H. Kneer, age 94, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at his home.

Born October 25, 1922 in Peoria, IL to George and Margaret (Foley) Kneer; he married Ellen Mary Barnett on December 30, 1950 in Peoria. She preceded him in death on October 15, 2004.

Also preceding in death were 2 brothers, George and Kenneth Kneer.

Surviving are his children, Debra (Jim) Jones of Morton and Larry (Laura) Stetler of Mapleton; three grandchildren, Tony (Jennifer) Huette of Moline, Chad (Chrissy) Huette of Morton and Shelly (Chuck) Bukowski of Mackinaw; four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Ralph was a WWII US Navy veteran.

He was a pipe fitter at Caterpillar retiring in 1982 after 36 years of service.

Ralph lived a healthy lifestyle and in his younger years, enjoyed fishing and hunting. In his golden years he found contentment in the simpler pleasures of life. He was an accomplished handyman capable of handling nearly any challenge he came across. He enjoyed time with his family, gathering for parties and the holidays.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, March 3, 2017 at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Steve Weber will officiate. Burial with Navy Funeral Honors will follow at Roberts Cemetery in Morton.

Memorials are suggested to OSF St. Francis Hospice in Peoria.