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Kickham L. Supplitt, Jr.

October 19, 1930 February 5, 2012
Kickham L. Supplitt, Jr.
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PEORIA- Kickham Louis Supplitt Jr., 81, of Dunlap, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 11:02 AM, February 5, 2012 in Peoria, with his family at his side. Kick was born October 19, 1930 in Oak Park, Illinois to Kickham and Kathryn (Eiden) Supplitt. He had two sisters, Donna and Kathleen, both deceased. Kick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Delfina. He has three daughters, whom he affectionately called “Toots and Babes”, Margorie Supplitt-Martinez (Alex) of Tampa, FL, Larissa Supplitt of Los Angeles, CA, and Monica Supplitt (deceased). He has five grandchildren all living in Tampa, FL. Kick will be dearly missed by all of his family members and friends. Kick grew up in Chicago, IL. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Drum & Bugle Corps, for which he played the drums. He graduated from Saint Ignatius College Prep. After graduating from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, he had a brief stint with International Harvester prior to serving in the US Army in the Panama Canal Zone. After his release from military service, he moved to Mexico City to study International Economics at Mexico City College, receiving a Master’s Degree. While studying in Mexico City, he met and married the love of his life, Delfina Palafox in 1960. Kick and Delfina moved to the US to join Caterpillar Tractor Co., where he worked for 36 years in the Engine Division. His first Caterpillar assignment was working in Lima, Peru. He traveled extensively throughout South America, and also had many assignments deep in the Amazon. After seven years, he returned to the United States to finish out his career in Peoria, IL. Throughout his life, he had a passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He also enjoyed history, reading, and travel. He particularly loved goose hunting in Southern Illinois, and duck hunting the central zone. One of his favorite places to spend his free time was the Peoria Skeet and Trap Club. Kick was a very devout Catholic who had a tremendous amount of faith. He was a passionate and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was a kind, reliable, warm, compassionate human being. He was known to go out of his way to help a friend, stranger or family member whenever possible. He had a dry, quiet sense of humor that revealed itself when least expected. Kick loved to take his family around the world on many exciting family trips. A funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 10, 2012 at St. Jude Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick Henehan officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 9, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary and 30 minutes prior to the Mass on Friday at the church. Burial will be at 12:30 PM, Saturday, in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Catholic School. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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