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Farid R. "Fred" Khattar

September 15, 1928 November 13, 2018
Farid R. "Fred" Khattar
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Obituary for Farid R. "Fred" Khattar

Peoria- Farid R. “Fred” Khattar, age 90, passed away peacefully in his sleep while at home, in Peoria, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Fred was born on September 15, 1928 in Tripoli, Lebanon, a son of Romanous and Badra (Cantra) Khattar.

He married Jeanette Romanous on April 20, 1952 in Tripoli. She survives. Also surviving are their 5 children; Raymond (Linda) Khattar of Metamora, Najeebe (George) Geagea of San Diego, CA, Ilda (Kenneth) Couri of Maple Grove, MN, Tony Khattar of Del Mar, CA and Laurie (Gerrit) Dufresne of Escondido, CA, 3 sisters; Farida Khattar, Jamila Loulache and Amera Khattar, all of Lebanon, 2 brothers; Youssef Khattar of Peoria and Fouad Khattar of Lebanon, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Fred of Fred‘s Shoe Repair has been well known to the Peoria community and the surrounding areas  for over 60 years. 

Fred and his wife, Jeanette of 66 years, immigrated to United States in 1957 from Lebanon where he left his business of designing shoes. They came to America for a greater opportunity to start a new life. He worked at Bergner’s shoe repair for 20 years then opened up his own shop on Prospect, in Peoria, in 1977. He semi-retired in 2008 and worked with his son, Raymond on University at his 2nd location. He has passed on his shoe repair legacy to his 2 boys, Raymond and Tony (California) as well as his grandson, Jarrett. The shoe store is now entering 3 generations strong. 

He was a great man of integrity, respect, love and passion. He was a beautiful example of the Lebanese work ethic and love. He took great pride in his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and his business. He felt honored to establish his business and raise his family in the United States. 

He was an active member of St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church and the Itoo Society. He was a man that looked for every opportunity to bring joy and laughter to those around him. He was always the life of the party and made friends wherever he went. He loved singing no matter the size of the crowd. He also enjoyed playing Dominoes and cards with his friends and family and watching wrestling.  

Fred was a strong man of faith and instilled the power of prayer in his family. His faith and devotion led him to NEVER miss a Sunday (in good health or bad, also in rain, snow or shine) of going to visit the Blessed Mother Grotto located at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Germantown Hills.

A visitation will be from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, on Friday, November 16, 2018, with a Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 PM, at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church. Further visitation will be from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM on Saturday, November 17, 2018 with a Funeral Mass being celebrated at 10:00 AM. Chorbishop Faouzi Elia and Fr. Bechara Awada will officiate and burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in West Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for a bench in loving memory of Fred’s name and upkeep of the grotto, located at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Germantown Hills, because of his great devotion to our Blessed Mother.

On behalf of the Farid Khattar family, we thank you for the prayers, love and support.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

16

Nov

4:00 PM 11/16/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/16/2018 7:00:00 PM
St. Sharbel Church

2914 West Scenic Drive
Peoria, IL 61615

St. Sharbel Church
2914 West Scenic Drive Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

17

Nov

9:00 AM 11/17/2018 9:00:00 AM - 9:45 AM 11/17/2018 9:45:00 AM
St. Sharbel Church

2914 West Scenic Drive
Peoria, IL 61615

St. Sharbel Church
2914 West Scenic Drive Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

17

Nov

10:00 AM 11/17/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Sharbel Church

2914 West Scenic Drive
Peoria, IL 61615

St. Sharbel Church
2914 West Scenic Drive Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph Cemetery Final Resting Place

2105 W. Heading Ave.
West Peoria, IL 61604

2105 W. Heading Ave. West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Bench in Farid Khattar's Name

Grotto located at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church
Germantown Hills, IL
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