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Eugene E. O'Toole

May 15, 1922 August 17, 2012
Eugene E. O'Toole
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PEORIA - Eugene E. O’Toole, 90, passed away at 1:05 p. m. on Friday, August 17, 2012 at Heartland Manor Care. He was born May 15, 1922 to James Francis and Elizabeth Noll O’Toole. He married Julia M. (Judy) Brewer on November 26, 1947 in Muscatine, IA. She died June 1, 2003 in Peoria. . Gene is survived by Jean Frazier, his dear friend and closest companion, two daughters: Jan O’Toole of Edelstein, IL and Linn (Dave) Turnis of Bloomington, IL, and grandchildren: Nathan (Jennifer) Turnis of Olathe, KS and Meghan Turnis of Memphis, TN.
For many years, he was a teacher and guidance counselor at Peoria Central High School. He was Assistant Director of Admissions at Illinois Central College retiring in 1981. During his professional life, Gene was a member of the Illinois Guidance and Personnel Association.
Gene officiated high school sports for many years, participating in football, basketball, and girl’s volleyball.
He was a member of the South-West Kiwanis Club since 1972. Over his 40 years with the club, he served on committees, chairing many of them. He also held the offices of Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and in 1987, President. In 1989, he was elected Lieutenant Governor for Division 20 of the I-I District of Kiwanis International. Among Gene’s numerous awards from Kiwanis, are the Kiwanis International Hixson Award and the I-I District’s prestigious Amedor Medallion.
He enjoyed traveling, spending time at his home in Arkansas, and spending time with his family and friends. He was very outgoing and enjoyed meeting people. He was an avid Cardinal Fan. Gene loved his family and was very proud of his Irish heritage.
Gene was a Navy pilot during World War II and was of the Catholic faith. A funeral Mass will be Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:00 a. m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery with military honors accorded.

Memorials may be made to Children's Research Hospital.

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