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Joseph Rotholtz, Jr.

November 2, 1943 May 30, 2018
Joseph Rotholtz, Jr.
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Joseph Rotholtz, Jr., died at age 74 in Peoria, after a long battle with diabetes and dementia. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at 3:00 am on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Joe was born in Peoria on November 2, 1943 to parents Joseph and Bessie (Baughman) Rotholtz, Sr. He had one sibling, Alice (Rotholtz) Bartholemew.

Joe married Cathy Scanlon in 1967 and helped raise her daughter Dawn Marie and their 3 children Joseph Michael, William Mathew and Annette Michelle. He later married Jane Melton and they had one son, Joshua Joseph.

Joe dropped out of school in 8th grade to get a job and help support his family. He had many jobs as a young adult including Roller Rink Guard. Joe was said to know his way around a roller skating rink. From there he worked for Penz-Oil and later got a job at Caterpillar and he worked there for the next 30 years. Joe was very proud to work for Caterpillar and be a part of the UAW. He enjoyed photography and had his work displayed at many events in Peoria. Recently one of his pictures was seen floating around the internet of the old Peoria Drive in Theater. He also enjoyed collecting trains and going to train shows in the Midwest. He also served many years as a Conservation Officer. He spent many days at McDonalds drinking coffee with his buddies. And loved going to dinner with his family at Golden Corral. Joe was a very patriotic man and was proud to be an American. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Joseph Michael Rotholtz of California, William Mathew (Debbie) Rotholtz of Bloomington and Annette Michelle (Jeff) Begner of Peoria and his grandchildren, Michael, Hannah, Kaitlin, Aaron, Kyle, Ethan and Claudia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Alice, his wife, Jane and his youngest son, Joshua.

A grave side service will be held at Swan Lake Cemetery in Peoria on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 2:00pm.

A celebration of life will follow directly after at Annette and Jeff’s house located at 6903 N Ironwood Drive in Edwards, IL.

All flowers and cards should be sent to Wright & Salmon Funeral Home, 2416 N. North St. Peoria, IL 61604.

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2:00 PM 6/4/2018 2:00:00 PM
Swan Lake Memory Gardens

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

Swan Lake Memory Gardens
4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

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Swan Lake Memory Gardens Final Resting Place

4601 Route 150
Peoria, IL 61615

4601 Route 150 Peoria 61615 IL
United States

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