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Charles E. "Butch" Conley

August 22, 1939 April 17, 2019
Charles E. "Butch" Conley
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Peoria- Charles E. (Butch) Conley, age 79, passed away at 4:55 PM on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Peoria.

Butch was born in Chicago to Margaret D. (Johnson) Conley and Charles Edward Conley, Jr. After moving to Peoria as a young child, he attended St. Mark and St. Philomena grade school. Butch graduated from Spalding Institute in 1957, he honorably served in the United States Army at Fort Devens, MA. After returning to Peoria he was employed at the U.S. Post Office. After a company layoff, Butch moved downtown where he worked as a bartender at the Steakhouse on Fulton Street. He enjoyed the piano playing and singing of his friend, Jimmy Birkley. It was there he met the love of his life, Mary Ann Strum. They were married April 12, 1975. In later years, he worked at the Court Street Steakhouse in Pekin, the Pekin Country Club, and Mt. Hawley Country Club. Butch was known for his humor, entertaining his customers with hundreds of stories and jokes, never forgetting a punchline.

Thanks to Mary Ann’s job at Ozark Air Lines, he caught the travel bug. They traveled to England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Greece, as well as, many U.S. States, including Ft. Myers Beach, FL. His favorite place in the world was Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii, which they visited 18 times. He enjoyed all sports, but especially baseball. As a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, he was overjoyed to live to see them win a World Series.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann of Peoria; one sister Barbara (Richard) Malone of O’Fallon, MO; two sisters-in-laws: Donna Conley of Ninety Six, S.C. and Patty (NJ.) Santarcangelo of Missouri City, TX; four nephews: Michael (Christine) Malone of Collierville, TN, Brian (Melissa) Malone of Minnesota, Tim Malone of St. Peters, MO and James (Debbie Carlson) Conley of Chicago; one niece Meri (Kevin) Young of St. Peters, MO; as well as, numerous great nieces and nephews.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents and one brother James Conley.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Father Alexander Millar officiated and entombment followed in Resurrection Mausoleum.

Memorials in Butch’s memory may be made to Sophia’s Kitchen.

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Services are private.

Cemetery Details


Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Sophia's Kitchen

504 Fulton St
Peoria, IL 61602

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