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Owen English

August 29, 1941 February 4, 2013
Owen English
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WEST PEORIA - Owen English, 71, of West Peoria, died at 10:15 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Owen was born on August 29, 1941 in Peoria to E.B. and Harriett (Daly) English. He married Jayne Hutcheson on October 7, 1967, and they were blessed with 45 years of marriage together. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Anne (Scott) Schaumburg of West Peoria and Eric English (fiancé, Amber Grant) of Peoria; two brothers , his twin Michael (Bette) English of Westlake, OH and Barclay English of Peoria; five loving grandchildren, Ryan, Lauren, Cassidy, Abigail and Emma; as well as many nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents. Born and raised in Peoria, Owen attended St. Marks School, Spalding Institute, Georgetown University and graduated from Loras College. He served our country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was also in the Army Reserves. Owen worked at Caterpillar in accounting for 30 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church. He volunteered countless hours at St. Mark Catholic Church and School where he coached girls’ basketball and served on the finance committee. Owen was a member of the Cursillo and TEC communities. Some of his best memories were being part of many TEC and Wheat teams, sharing his love (Wheat) with young people. Owen was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Spalding Council #427, Third Degree. He was also a member of the Order of Alhambra Zirab Caravan #52 where he was Grand Commander. He was a past member of Timberlake Club for over 25 years. He loved the Los Angeles Dodgers and his Georgetown Hoyas. Some of Owen’s earlier pastimes were golf and bowling, but his true passion was tending to his beautiful garden. He enjoyed his monthly gatherings at Ludy’s with his fellow classmates of 1959. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and watching them grow up. We would like to thank all of the friends and caregivers who loved and supported our family during Owen’s illness. You have truly touched our hearts. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2013 at St. Ann Catholic Church. Rev. Terry Cassidy will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. The Order of Alhambra service will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the Mass. Burial of ashes will be in Resurrection Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to Teens Encounter Christ - 401 NE Madison Ave, Peoria, IL? 61603 or St. Marks School Athletic and Recreation Program - 711 N Underhill St, Peoria, IL 61606. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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