Robert Leroy Mathews
Robert Leroy Mathews
  • March 27, 1917 - October 25, 2017
  • Peoria, Illinois

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Robert Leroy Mathews, age 100, of Peoria, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at 4:10 a.m. at Morningside of Washington.

He was born March 27, 1917 in Joliet to Harvey and Ina (Ely) Mathews. He first married Edna Mae Kee on Oct. 29, 1949 in East Peoria. She passed away Dec. 1998 in Peoria. He later married Betty Creach in April, 2000 in Peoria. She passed away Mar, 2013 in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clifford Mathews and one sister, Alma Frazee.

Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Mathews of Peoria, one son, Scott (Jo Ann) Mathews of Hoffman Estates, and two grandchildren: Austin and Ashley Mathews both of Hoffman Estates.

Robert was a WWII Army veteran serving in the South Pacific. During WWII Robert received two Purple Hearts and the Oak leaf Cluster. Following his time in the military, Robert was a Chemist at Keystone Wire and Steel for 30 years retiring in 1980. He was an active member at St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria, and Meals on Wheels.

Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. A funeral mass will be Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria. Additional visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Peoria.

Memorials may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church or Neighborhood House.

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