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Obituary for William J. “Bill” Velpel
Pekin - William J. “Bill” Velpel 85, of Pekin formally of Peoria passed away on Sunday November 11, 2007 at Pekin Hospital. He was born to William C. and Gertrude Koegle Velpel on January 30, 1922 in Peoria and married his wife of 63 years Betty Anne Peterson on June 26, 1944 in Peoria, she survives along with a son Michael “Mike” (Jill) of Pekin, a brother Robert “Bob” of Peoria, grandchildren Kyle and Michaela, nieces; Mary Beth McAvoy of Dunlap, Kathleen Knell of Peoria and nephew John Velpel of TN. He is preceded in Heaven by his parents, brother Raymond “Ray” and little sister Geraldine. Bill served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and was the manager for Model Wallpaper and Paint in Sheridan Village for 33 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. Cremation has been accorded and burial of cremains will be on Saturday Nov 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery in Peoria. Father Timothy Nolan will officiate. A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrust to Abts Mortuary.
Graveside Service:Saturday Nov 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery in Peoria. Father Timothy Nolan will officiate.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.