Jackie "Jack" L. Allen

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Died: October 1, 2013
PEKIN ~ Jackie L. "Jack" Allen, 82 of Pekin, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday October 1, 2013 at Unity Point Health Methodist in Peoria.;Born June 3, 1931 in Peoria to Gerald and Amelia (Rockett) Allen, he married Bonnie Sweet on January 29, 1949 in Cuba, IL. She survives.;Also surviving are one son, Thomas (Diane) Allen of Pekin, four daughters, Pam Currie of Pekin, Kathy (Mike) Bannister of Tremont, Janet (Wayne) Stevens of Pekin, Diana Allen of Pekin, twelve grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, one brother, Dean (Betty) Allen of Marquette Heights, two sisters, Janis Ward of Champaign and Phyllis Morsch of Pekin.;He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one great-grandson Zachary Allen and one great-granddaughter, Lexi Deakin.;Jack worked for Caterpiller, Inc. for 36 years, retiring in 1984 as a factory manager in East Peoria.;He was a past member of the Pekin Moose Family Center 916.;A devoted and loving family man, Jack enjoyed gardening, watching sports on TV, playing cards and bowling. "He just loved life in general".;His memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2013 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial of ashes will be at Glendale Memory Gardens in Pekin.;Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 4722 N. Sheridan Road., Peoria, IL 61614.;To express condolences online, visit

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