PEORIA – John C. “Jack” Crebs, 82, of Peoria passed away at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at his residence.
He was born November 23, 1929 in Kansas City, KS but lived in Princeton, IL with his Grandmother Crebs and Aunt Virginia Uthoff where he attended Princeton High School.
He married Catherine “Kitty” Malone on July 14, 1956 in Peoria.
Surviving are his wife and their daughter, Carolyn (Michael) Linnemann of Carlock; grandchildren Brian Beall of Bloomington, Nicholas Beall of Bloomington, Charles Beall of Carlock and Rebecca Beall of Carlock; step-grandchildren Michael (Terri) Linnemann of Peoria, David Tippett of Normal, Kyle Linnemann of Normal and Sarah Linnemann of Elmwood; and one great-step-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents Edward and Dorothy (Cromwell) Crebs; his step-sister Jan Wheeler; and step-brother Paul Terrace “Terry” Crebs.
Jack returned from the Army and finished his education be receiving his bachelor’s degree in business from Bradley University in 1955. While at Bradley, he was very active as university President of Student Council and was the Treasurer of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
He worked for the State of Illinois until he retired in 1991.
He enjoyed golfing with his friends and wife, spending time with his grandchildren, and traveling. In later years, he spent many hours mastering his computer. He also loved watching old movies.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Hospice for their help and support during Jack’s illness.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Reverend Donald Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2012 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with recitation of the Rosary at 6:45. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of OSF St. Francis or St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.