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Russell E. Sherer

June 18, 1931 May 26, 2014
Russell E. Sherer
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PEORIA – Russell E. Sherer, 82, of Peoria passed away at 3:55 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2014, at UnityPoint – Proctor. Russell was born on June 18, 1931, in Coffeen, Ill., to Guy and Josephine (Tilling) Sherer. He married Madeline M. Bartholomew on November 24, 1956, in Peoria. She survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Julie (Alex) Medziak of Naperville and Mary (James) Tillhof of Mapleton; two sons, Greg Sherer of Dallas and James (Nancy) Sherer of Carrollton, Tex.; and five grandchildren, Hayley Sherer, Hayden Tillhof, Sean Sherer, Abby Tillhof, and Allyson Tillhof. He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Sherer; one grandson, Spencer Tillhof; two sisters; and two brothers. Russell was a Korean War Army veteran. He worked as a tool designer for Caterpillar for 37 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks Lodge #20 and the Izaak Walton Club. Russell enjoyed dancing with friends at the Elks Club, gardening, traveling, and vacations. He was a very loving father and grandfather. He loved westerns and sending email jokes to family and friends. A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Father David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with recitation of the Rosary at 4:45 p.m. preceding the visitation. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Peoria. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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