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Charles McCormick

August 11, 1926 — August 13, 2014

Charles McCormick

Charles L. McCormick, 88, of Peoria, Illinois, formerly of Viola, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 9:35 a.m. at the OSF Hospice Home in Peoria, Illinois.

Visitation is Friday, August 15 th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., with Masonic Services following visitation, at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola.  Funeral services are 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 16 th at Viola United Presbyterian Church.  Burial, with Military Honors, will be in Viola Cemetery.  Memorials may be left for the Alzheimers Association or OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

Charles Lee McCormick was born August 11, 1926, son of Charles A. and Zelda Howe McCormick, in Oak Hill, Illinois.  He graduated from Gilson High School.  Charles served in the Armed Forces as a medic and Army Staff Sergeant during World War II.  He married Shirley Nott on April 4, 1951 in Knoxville, Illinois.  Charles farmed all his life in the Maquon and Rio areas.  He retired in 1990 from farming and moved to Viola.  He mowed fairways for several years at the Windmills Golf Course, Rio.  He was a member of the Viola Presbyterian Church, Past Master of Rio Masonic Lodge and served as a volunteer fireman for the Rio Fire Dept. for 20 years.  He was a past member of Valley of Moline Consistory.  He belonged to Alpha American Legion and had served on the Rio Town Board.

Charles was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He loved to dance, sing songs from years gone by, play cards and travel to Arizona for the winters.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Charles, and his wife Shirley of Peoria, have 4 daughters:  Jackie Dempsey, Judy Timberlake, Becky Becker and Patty McQuigg all of Peoria.  They had 11 grandchildren:  Tina, Chad, Sara Kay, Denise, Brent, Kelly, Stephanie, Christine, Billy, Nevada and Chance and 5 great grandchildren:  Andrew, Kailan, Kyleigh, Charlotte and Grayson.  His siblings are May Cotton, Jim McCormick, June Riley and Dean McCormick.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers:  John, Don and Gene; sons-in-law:  Mike Dempsey and Bill McQuigg; granddaughters:  Tina Harris and Sara Kay Timberlake.

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