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Dirk Anthony Harkness

January 31, 1972 April 8, 2016
Dirk Anthony Harkness
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PEORIA - Dirk Anthony Harkness, 44, of Peoria passed away at 9:55 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Dirk was born on Jan. 31, 1972, in Peoria to David L. and Julia “Dede” (Molloy) Harkness.
He is survived by his father, David of Edwards, Ill.; his uncle, Tom (Lynn) Molloy of Las Vegas, Nev.; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Dirk relocated to Lafayette, Ind., with his parents in 1983, where he resided until moving back to Peoria in 2005. He graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School and attended Vincennes University and the University of Indiana. He attained his associate’s degree from Illinois State University in Bloomington, Ill.

He had a life-long passion for music and was an accomplished guitarist. He also loved sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts. He had many talents that he used in a variety of positions in the food and beverage, construction, and music retail industries.

Dirk’s warm smile, kind heart, and witty personality will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a private memorial service will be held for family and close friends at Wright & Salmon Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 401 N.E. Adams Street
Peoria, Ill., 61603, or Peoria Rescue Ministries, P.O. Box 837, Peoria, Ill., 61652.

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