PEKIN ~ Lawrence P. Yavorshak, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 5:07 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at his residence.
Born August 13, 1922 in Pekin to Lawrence and Catherine M. (Bodie) Yavorshak, he married Betty Jane Wheatley on May 7, 1939 in Pekin. She died May 1, 2001 in Pekin. He also was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Surviving are one daughter, Susan K. (Lyman) Miller of Pekin; five grandchildren, Darren Miller of North Pekin, Gregory Miller, Eric Miller, Cynthia (Jeff) Hornecker, all of Pekin and Christina (Robert) Figueroa of Waukesha, WI; five great-grandchildren, Dennis Watson of Indianapolis, IN, Amanda Miller of North Pekin, Alaina Miller of Pekin, McKayla Figueroa and Kellen Figueroa, both of Waukesha, WI; one sister, Doris (Lynn) Mulvey of Pekin; one brother, Donald (Donna) Yavorshak of Pekin and several nieces and nephews.
Lawrence worked for Standard Brands in Pekin for 32 years in the dye malt department until the plant closed in 1971. He then worked for the City of Pekin at the Wastewater Treatment Plant until retiring in 1980. He also farmed on the family farm located on Allentown Road east of Pekin for many years.
After retiring, Lawrence & Betty spent their summers at their 2nd home in Encampment, Wyoming. Lawrence loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed cooking for friends & family and was famous for his homemade pies. Lawrence was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt & fish and cut fire wood. He took his last deer this past fall at the age of 90 with a crossbow. He was a proud member of the N.R.A.
His memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Cremation will be accorded. Burial of his cremated remains will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Hook & Bullet Conservation Club in care of Preston-Hanley, 500 N. 4th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.
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