St. Cerney, Jim


Died: January 29, 2013

James P. St. Cerny, III, 71, of Dahinda, passed away at 4:03 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was formerly of Pekin.

Born December 9, 1941 in Pekin to James P. and Erna (Roman) St. Cerny, Jr., he married Chris Pratt on August 3, 1969 in Galesburg. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Julie Ann Brown of Dahinda; three sons, James P. (Shelly) St. Cerny, IV, of Canton, Todd T. St. Cerny of Danville and Scott Andrew (Yvette) St. Cerny of North Plainfield, NJ; nine grandchildren, Shelby Brown, Sidney Brown, Hunter St. Cerny, Ying St. Cerny, Ross St. Cerny, Scott St. Cerny, John Andrew St. Cerny, Brandi Terrel and Kolton Hamm; one brother, Doug (Terri) St. Cerny of Ft. Myers, FL and one sister, Gloria (Greg) Ranney of Pekin. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Todd C. St. Cerny and one brother, Bob St. Cerny.

Jim retired from Caterpillar, Inc. in April of 2000, where he worked as a fire inspector and in security at the Mapleton plant. He previously served on the Pekin Police Department and the Peoria Police Department. In earlier years, he worked peddling papers and working in a factory during his senior year of high school.

Jim was an avid fisherman, loved his family and friends and was fond of his dogs.

His celebration of life memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Gary L. Ford will officiate. Private burial will be Monday in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate, 4722 North Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614.

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Creve Coeur, IL
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