Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club

Founded By Scott Shults on March 21 - 1981

In Memory Of  ..........

Remembering the Great Stock Car Drivers From the Past  .....

Friends of the Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club that have Passed


               Latest Entries -

                 Stan Swearingen of Bloomington Illinois

                 Del Vance of Bloomington Illinois

                 AC Denton of Manito Illinois

                 Sam Mahoney of Spring Bay Illinois

                 Allen May of Elmwood Illinois

                 Al Shults of Pekin Illinois

                 Chuck Hurn of Peoria Illinois

                 Dick Hutton of Ruskin Florida

                 Lyle Gale of Green Valley Illinois

                 Dick Layne of Edwards Illinois

                 Jesse Clendenin of Peoria Illinois

                 Francis "Frank" Schuck of Pekin Illinois

                 Penny Harris of Bartonville Illinois

                 Jim Tobin of Normal Illinois

                 Billy Neal of Peoria Illinois

                 Dick Hoover of Peoria Illinois

                 Danny Parlier of Washingyon Illinois

                 Wally Satterfield of Elmwood Illinois

                 Waylon Grant of Pekin Illinois

                 Stanley Musgrave of Peoria Illinois

                 Herb Shannon of Peoria Illinois

                 Bethanie Brandt of Bartonville Illinois

                 John "Jack" Seckler of East Peoria Illinois

                 Rudy Hoerr of Peoria Illinois

                 Francis "Wildman" Kelly of Macomb Illinois

                 Dale Jordan of Peoria Illinois

                 Gene Miller of Washington Illinois

                 Ed Cornish Sr. of East Peoria Illinois

                 Gary Cook Jr. of Deer Creek Illinois

                 Bud Knaeble of Hanna City Illinois

                 Michael Wayne Taylor of Pekin

                 Ray Guss Sr. of Calhoun Georgia

                 Billy "William" Gilmore of Peoria Illinois

                 William "Bill" Miller Sr. of East Peoria Illinois

                 Jack Rebholz of Lacon Illinois

                 Steve Ament of Peoria Illinois

                 John Shannon of Pekin Illinois (Herb Shannon Sr.'s Youngest Son)

                 Jerry Blundy of Brimfield Illinois

                 Dickie Quick of Hanna City Illinois

                 John Nuhn of Gulfport Mississippi

                 Leo Schuck of Peoria Illinois

                 Donnie Rogers of Peoria Illinois

                 Clifford Goss of Pekin Illinois

                 Earl (Pete) Baker Jr. of Pekin Illinois

                 Don Sheets of Peoria Illinois

                 Johnny Langford of Pekin Illinois

                 Clyde Dagit of Pekin Illinois

                 Coy Holt of East Peoria Illinois

                 Dan Bennett of Peoria Illinois

                 Elberta "Bootie" Strube of Morton Illinois

                 Loren "Kookie" Wetsel of Princeton Illinois

                 See Obituaries or Info Below  .....

 

 Remembering the Great Stock Car Drivers From the Past at Peoria Speedway

 

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Stock Car Drivers from the Past at the Peoria Speedway,

That are no longer with Us : Rest in Peace  !!!

Thanks for all the Thrills, Excitement & Memories

     That You All Provided & Left for Us,

    Over the Years at the Peoria Speedway

                                         Names are Listed Alphabetically - By First Name  ......

 

AC Denton - Manito Illinois -D- #120 1958 Ford Middle 60's

 

Adolph Antonini - Pekin, Ill. -D- Drove for Tony Turk of Turk Alignment of Pekin # 457

 

Al Archdale Jr. - Peoria Heights Illinois / Driver #20 - Owner
Alfred Archdale Jr.  PEORIA HEIGHTS - 61, of Peoria Heights passed away at 8:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at OSF Saint Francis Medical...

 

Al Dew - Peoria, Ill. -D- Drove # 222 Coupe - # 82 Late Model

 

 

Alan Harmison - Scharp Brothers Pit Crew

Alan E. Harmison, 33, of Brimfield for the past five years, died at 1:46 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 1995, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Jan. 19, 1962, in Peoria to Glenn and Sandra S. Dodson Harmison, he married Cheryl L. Pacey on Aug. 3, 1985, in Brimfield. She survives. Also surviving are his parents of Peoria; three daughters, Beth, Emily and Jennifer, all at home; and one sister, Mrs. Rick (Sherry) Bacon of Peoria. His grandparents preceded him in death.

 

Al Shults - O - #305 / #3 / Coupes - Pekin Illinois / Scott Shults's Dad

Front Gate Ticket Taker at Peoria Speedway for Chuck & Sherrie Hamilton - 1990's thu 2000's

Born on May 19 - 1923 and Passed on May 19 - 2011

  

Alice Crowe - W. Peoria - Super Race Fan - Powder Puff Driver

Big Jim Strube Fan / Larry Reeder Jr. Fan

Alice Marie Crowe, 63, of West Peoria passed away at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at Methodist Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1945, in Peoria  ...

 

Al Hines - Peoria, Ill. - Race Fan - Owner of Al's Towing & Wrecker Service

 

Al Terrell - Peoria, Ill. -D- ( 01/17/1930 - 01/07/2006 )

Drove for Numerous Owners including Everett Chasteen, Art Brooks & Dick Coons

 

Albert 'Shorty' Burdette - Hanna City, Ill. -D- Passed 2005

 

Allen May - Elmwood, Illinois - D -

 

Art Brady - Peoria, Illinois -D- Drove for Wildcat Williams in the Daytona '500' in 1962 and Finished 24th. in a 1962 Ford #9  .....

 

Art Sebens - PS - Peoria Speedway Pit Steward in the Latter 70's - Early 80's

PEORIA -- Arthur Sebens, 71, of 420 E. Virginia died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 1994, at his residence. Born Nov. 25, 1922,  in Bement to Peter and Mabel Bales Sebens, he married Jean Miller on Jan. 10, 1948, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are his mother of Monticello; one son, Steven Arthur of Peoria; four grandchildren; and one brother, James of Monticello. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Peggy Gunter; three brothers; and one sister. Art was a former Peoria Speedway Pit Steward.

 

Ben Hofer - Rock Island, Ill. -D- # 50

3 Time Illinois State Champion at Peoria Speedway - Ben Hofer with Six Foot  Illinois State Champ Trophy Sept. 22, 1962

 

 Berley Dodson - D - 1956 Illinois State Champion

PONTIAC - Berley E. Dodson, 80, of Pontiac, died 6:55 p.m. Thursday (March 20, 2008) at OSF St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Martin-Burke Funeral Home with the Rev. Gretchen Stinebaugh officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the funeral home. Full military rites will be accorded after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to the Franciscan Hospice of Central Illinois. Berley was born May 11, 1927, in Pontiac, a son of Berley C. and Eva (Runyon) Dodson.  He married Mary Elizabeth Chapman on Dec. 16, 1950, in Pontiac. He is survived by his wife, Mary Dodson, Pontiac; two sons, Berley ``Buddy'' (Patty) Dodson and Doug (Betty) Dodson, both of Pontiac; one daughter, Cheryl (Roger) Weber, Pontiac; 10 grandchildren, Melissa, Megan, Matt, Jeremy, Joel (Becky), Berley Heath, Lindsay (Brian), Robin (Jamie), Jeff and Jason; seven great-grandchildren, Addison, Bailey, Cayden, Keegan, Haley, Alyssa and Willow; two brothers, Rondell Dodson and DeWayne Dodson, both of Pontiac; and one sister, Mary Louise Meismer, Metamora. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Berley was a plumber, working mostly in the Pontiac area, and had been the city plumbing inspector. He served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the VFW, the Moose Lodge, the American Legion, and Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 99 in Bloomington. In 1956, he was the Illinois State Championship at Peoria Speedway and he raced until 1965. He was a stock car racer in the Fairbury races. He enjoyed racing, boating and fishing, playing pool and being with his friends at the VFW.

 

Bethanie Brandt - Bartonville Illinois / Race Fan

BARTONVILLE - Bethanie M. Brandt, 16, of Bartonville, Ill., passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. Bethanie was born Aug. 2, 1996, in Peoria, Ill., to Steve and Laura Lewis Brandt.Surviving is her father, Steve of Bartonville, Ill.; mother, Laura Lewis Brandt of Peoria, Ill.; brothers, Steve Brandt Jr. of Bartonville, Ryun Lewis of Springfield, Ill., and Kyle Brandt of Peoria; her sister, Nova Brandt of Peoria; grandfather, William P. Brandt of Bartonville, Ill.; and grandmother, Martha Lewis of Peoria, Ill.Bethanie loved to spend time with family and friends. She would often go with her dad to the different race tracks in the area and watch him race. Bethanie was very accepted in the racing community. She also inspired others and participated in different charities and fundraisers.Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded.

 

Betty Hogge - Peoria, Ill. -PPD- Wife of Bill Hogge & Mother of Dana & Teri Hogge Gallager

Bill Hemp - Peoria, Ill. -D- #22 - Bob Hemps Brother

Bill Hogge - Peoria, Ill. -D- #11 - Dana & Teri Hogge's Dad

Bill McMahill - D - Bartonville - 9/23/45 to 8/22/07

 

 

 

BARTONVILLE - William "Bill" S. McMahill, 61, of Bartonville passed away at 10:52 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born on Sept. 23, 1945, in Peoria to Clair and Betty Angel McMahill, he married Linda K. Rhoads on Oct. 17, 1970, in Bartonville.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sandra Csesnegi.He is survived by his wife, Linda of Bartonville; and one son, Robbie (Patricia) McMahill of Bartonville. Also surviving are one granddaughter, Samantha McMahill of Bartonville; three sisters, Shirley (Robert) Miller, Connie Schrock of Chillicothe and Marcia McMahill of Bartonville; and one brother, Steven McMahill.  Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He worked as a truck driver for several area businesses, working last for R.A. Cullinan.  He was a member of the Teamsters Local 627, the VFW 3883 and the American Legion Post 979, both in Bartonville. He was a lifelong Cardinals fan and raced stock cars at Peoria Speedway. He enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his granddaughter. Services will held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, with visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at the funeral home. The Rev. Kenneth Klein will officiate. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery Chapel of Peace Mausoleum.

 

 
 

 Bill Miller Sr. - East Peoria - D - #183 1960's & 70's and Car Owner in the 1990's  .....

William "Bill" R. Miller, 83, of East Peoria died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria. There will be no services. Cremation rites have been accorded.

 

 Bill Smith - Peoria, Ill. -D- # 32 - Raced at Mt. Hawley Speedway   ...  John Smith's Brother

 

 Bill Van Allen - #6 Chicago, Ill. -D- 1955 Illinois State Champion

 

 Billy Barnewolt - Peoria, Ill. -D- (1943 - 2004) # 74

William Barnewolt

PEORIA - William H. "Bill" Barnewolt, 61, of Peoria died at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Born Jan. 11, 1943, in Peoria to George Harris and Gloria E. Gray Barnewolt, he married Bonnie C. Roth on May 9, 1962, in LaSalle. She survives. Also surviving are his mother of Peoria; one daughter, Donella (and Jeff) Groseclose of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two granddaughters; and one brother, Robert of Brimfield.

 

 Billy "William" Gilmore - Peoria Illinois -  Big Peoria Speedway Race Fan (Extraordinaire)  .....

BARTONVILLE - William J. "Billy" Gilmore, age 78, of Bartonville passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at 4:45 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born Jan. 17, 1935, in Peoria to Joe and Irene (Vanderhieden) Gilmore. He married Betty Howell. She survives along with one daughter, Evelyn Sauder of Bartonville; one grandson, Robert McIntyre of Bartonville; one sister, Evelyn Mercer of Arkansas; and one brother-in-law, Larry Rilea of Liverpool, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert Gilmore; and one sister, Sharon Rilea. During his grade school years, Billy attended the Jacksonville School for the Deaf. He was a machinist for McBride and Shoff Machine Shop in Metamora and also worked at Oscars on Farmington Road in West Peoria for many years. Billy enjoyed stock car racing and fishing with his brother-in-law. The family would like to thank the staff at OSF ICU and HeartCare Midwest for their care and compassion for Billy. He was a member of the Peoria Eagles Lodge and the Peoria Boat Club. Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

 

Billy Neal - Peoria Illinois - O-   Owner of Peoria Truck Wrecking on Washington Street in Peoria Illinois and Long-Time Peoria Speedway Official and Race Car Sponsor  .....

Peoria - William Billy H. Neal, 69, of 5301 N. Koerner Rd, Peoria, IL passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 3:35 am at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.
He was born April 27, 1942, in St. Louis, MO, the son of William I. and Thelma (Rogers) Neal. He married Carolyn Heller September 18, 1966 in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother of Peoria, two sisters, Linda Belcher of Peoria and JoAnn (Ron) Barden of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.
His father preceded him in death.
Billy owned Peoria Truck Wrecking Company.
He was a former member of the Whitecap Drifters Boat Club and a former member of NASCAR.
Services will be Monday, February 20th at 10:00 am at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville where visitation will be on Sunday, February 19th from 4 to 6 pm. Roger Kaeb will officiate. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Dunlap Fire Protection District.

 

Bob Bennett - Norwood, Ill. -D- Stock Car Owner & Promoter

 

Bob Graham # 26 - Farmington, Ill. - D -

Robert Graham Farmington - Robert W. "Bagpipes" Graham, 69, of Farmington passed away at 6:36 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2009, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Feb. 7, 1940, in Peoria to Gavin and May (Crandell) Graham, he married Colleen Susie Thurman in Lewistown on April 7, 1967. She survives, along with two sons, Keith (Tera) Graham of Cuba and Gavin (Elizabeth) Graham of Mapleton; and three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kourtney and Kristen. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Gavin Graham. Robert was a superintendent for P.J. Hoerr in Peoria for 23 years, retiring in 1991. He was a 46-year member of the Farmington Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1571, the Alta Masonic Lodge and Labors Local 165 for 45 years.
He also was a U.S. Navy veteran.  Visitation will be Tuesday, March 31, 2009, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington, with Moose services at 7:45 p.m. and memorial services following. Pastor John Schurter will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of the ashes will be at a later date in Yates City Cemetery.

 

 Bob Hemp - Peoria, Ill. -D- #60 in the Late 1960's

 

Bob Lascelles - Havana Illiniois -O- Owned Stock Cars in the 1970's to 1980's for Such Drivers as Jim Lomelino #48  - Terry Renfro #33  - Scott Shults # 10th - Dennis Rayburn # 48  .....

HAVANA, IL - Ira Robert Lascelles, 67, of 653 S. Pearl St. died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 23, 1999, at Mason District Hospital.
Born Sept. 14, 1931, in Havana to Wilmer and Bertha M. Dierker Lascelles, he married Betty Shoemaker on Nov. 14, 1952. She survives.  Also surviving are one daughter, Sandy Duckwiler, and one brother, Vernon, both of Havana; and one granddaughter.  One daughter, Vicky, preceded him in death.  He operated a Standard gas station in Bath from 1951 to 1952 and a Texaco station from 1952 to 1965. He then operated the Phillips 66 and Bulk Service Station from 1965 until retiring in 1986. He was a member of Havana Southern Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Journal Star (Peoria, IL) - Saturday, April 24, 1999


 Bob McIntosh - Peoria, Ill. -D-


Bob Mooney - Announcer - D -

East Peoria - Robert Charles Mooney, 78, of 111 Sunset Drive, East Peoria, died at 9:25 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2007, at ManorCare of Peoria. He was born on July 31, 1928, in Peoria, the son of Raymond and Olga (Lehman) Mooney. He married Patricia C. Carson on Dec. 4, 1953, in Peoria. She preceded him death on Oct. 4, 2004. Robert is survived by two sons, Michael J. Mooney of Chillicothe and James A. Mooney of East Peoria; one daughter, Linda S. Mooney of Peoria; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Catherine. Robert worked for the Exchange National Bank in Chicago, and in 1977 fulfilled his lifelong dream by developing and operating Rainbow Cove in East Peoria. He was a track announcer for many years at Peoria Speedway. He was a member of the former Arcadia Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a Deacon and Elder and was also a member of the National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI) andPeoria Old Timers Racing Club. Robert was a United States Army veteran. He enjoyed racing and boating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007, at Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave., Peoria. Cremation rites will be accorded. Private burial in Parkview. Cemetery will be held at a later date.

 

 Bob Steff -D- #25

Published on December 18, 2008 - Peoria Journal Star, The (IL)

West Peoria - Robert Jewel Steff, 89, of West Peoria passed away at 1:56 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Steff, Ky., to Bloomer Elmer and Ruby Pearl (Smith) Steff. They preceded him in death. He married Dorothy Mae Nelson on June 6, 1953, in Louisville, Ky. She preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 2002. Surviving are three daughters, Bobbye (Gary) Pilkington of Ocklawaha, Fla., Jacqueline (Fred) Voorhees of Peoria and Karen

Bobby Allen - East Peoria, Ill. -C O- Allen Automotive Owner

 

Bobby Merritt - Peoria, Ill. -D- C O - (1929 to 1997) # 402

GEORGE MERRITT

PEORIA -- George Robert "Bob" Merritt, 68, of 1103 W. McClure Ave. died at 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at Methodist Medical Center. He was born March 26, 1929, in Shawnee to Wilford Miles and Mary F. French Merritt. Surviving are three daughters, Dani Jean "Ramona" Bishop of Atlanta, Ga., and Crystal Elaine Ochiltree and Carol Yvonne Ridgeway, both of Seattle; two brothers, Calvin of South Pekin and Miles of Meeker, Okla

 

Bob Wagner #5 - D - East Peoria Illinois - Drove in the 1950's During the Coupe & Midget Era

Robert ?Bob? G. Wagner, 85, of East Peoria, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at 2:10 at Manor Care in East Peoria. Born Aug. 6, 1924, in Peoria to Earl G. and Selma (Geyler) Wagner, he married Bobbie E. Robertson in East Peoria June 27, 1953. She died Jan. 8.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Richard Wagner; one brother-in-law, Kenneth Creek; and one nephew, Kevin Creek. Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Marge Creek of East Peoria and Leah Wagner of Wisconsin. He was a graduate of East Peoria Community High School and the University of Illinois. He was employed as an engineer for Caterpillar Inc. for 17 years and has been self employed for the last 50 plus years. During that time he also worked with his father building houses. In the 1950s, he enjoyed racing cars. He won trophies in Peoria and also in Nashville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio. He was of the Protestant faith. Services were today at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. Steve Weber officiated. Visitation preceded the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. Memorials may be directed to the local American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation or the First Baptist Church, 600 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL 61611.

 Bootie Strube - Morton Illinois

MORTON ~ Elberta Anne ?Bootie? Strube, 70, of Morton, passed away at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, September 11, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born May 8, 1946 in Pekin to Elbert Irwin and Lois Anne (Dickerson) Ball.

Surviving are her mother, Lois ?Polly? Ball of Morton; one son, Henry ?Buddy? (Melissa) Strube of Mahomet; three grandchildren, Jessica Strube, Nicole Strube, both of Peoria and Aleksander Strube of Mahomet; one great-granddaughter, Blake; one sister, Barbara ?Bobbi? (Bill) Baum of Bandera, TX; two nephews, Chuck (Farrah) Bahnfleth of Augusta, GA and Billy Bahnfleth of Bandera, TX and one niece, Angi (Mark) Lensmeyer of East Peoria.

She was preceded in death by her father and one niece, Teri Sue Bahnfleth.

She was a dedicated caregiver for her mother and others.    She also worked at Peoria Speedway for their Saturday night races for many years.  She enjoyed watching motorcycle dirt track races and also stock car races.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Her graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, with Rev. Kurt Mews officiating.  The family invites friends to wear casual dress.

Bootie loved AMA PRO RACING with all her heart, and gave a lot to the sport! She opened her home to many racers, and their families when they were away from home.  She was a fan and supporter her whole life, and her kindness continues.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to AMA PRO ROOKIES CLASS OF 79.  Online donations can be made at bit.ly/BootiesGiftToInjuredRiders

 Brad Harris - D - Bradford Illinois

Brad passed away in December of 2001. was a driver at Peoria Speedway in early and mid 60s. like many he started out in flathead fords. a 49 then a 53 as i recall. later drove a red #25 56 ford. these cars were build by his brother Phil who survives.

 

 Britt Briggs - Bellevue, Ill. - Timer / Scorer 1950 to 2002

 

 Bruce Dailey - D -

 

 Bruce Lindbeck -  Neponset, Ill. -D- # 15

 

 Bud Knaeble - #23  Hanna City, Ill. -D- Passed 2013

Bumps Chance - East Peoria, Ill. -D- # 24

 

 Candy Wisher - D - (1955 - 2002) # 9

Candace Wisher

MORTON - Services for Candace L. ''Candy'' Wisher, 47, of Morton will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. The Rev. Vernon Betterman will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. She was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Illini Hospital in Silvis. She died in an automobile accident in Rock Island County. Born Feb. 25, 1955.

 Carl Dane - Pekin Illinois - Driver #106  .....  Team Race Champion

 Carl "Toppy" Seelye Jr. - Pekin Illinois - Driver

Carl Ervin Seelye Jr., 72, of 349 Caroline St., passed away at 12:47 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Pekin Hospital. Born May 18, 1937, in Pekin to Carl Wayne and Ludicey Berniece Taylor Seelye, he married Susan Lee Straley on Jan. 16, 1959, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Bill E. Seelye and Chuck L. Seelye, both of Pekin; three daughters, Carla Irvin, Janice Seelye and Barbara Brown, all of Pekin; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Peggy Null of Pekin.He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, two brothers, one grandson and one great-granddaughter. Carl was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 649 in Peoria, working as a heavy equipment operator for 40 years, retiring in 2002. In the late 1950s, Carl enjoyed stock car driving at the Peoria Speedway. He started the Seelye Family Texas Hold ?Em poker tournament. He also enjoyed fishing, playing pool and playing the organ. He enjoyed his last day on the Par-A-Dice Casino boat on Monday with his wife and daughter, Barb. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. Services will immediately follow visitation with Ron Little, chaplain, officiating. Cremation will be accorded following services.

 

Carla Bennett - Dan Bennett's Wife and Bartender for Many Years at the Peoria Speedway
February 11, 2001
PEORIA - Carla J. Bennett, 42, of Peoria died at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at her residence.

Born May 13, 1958, in Peoria to Dale and Peggy GilmoreMyers, she married Daniel A. Bennett on Dec. 24, 1984, in Peoria.

 

 Carol Anne (Hamilton) Lowery -  (1946 - 2006)

HANNA CITY - Carol Anne Lowery, age 59, of Hanna City passed away at 3:29 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006, at the Methodist Medical Center emergency room in Peoria. She was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Peoria to Russell E. and Marjorie V. Finnegan Porter. She married Dave Lowery on Nov. 24, 1989, in Peoria. He survives. Carol was currently employed by Corporate Express in Peoria as an account executive. She previously worked for Mary Kay Cosmetics as a sales representative and was formerly part owner of Peoria Speedway

 

Cecil Kalebaugh - Canton, Ill. - D- Amatuer Division # 193 Ford - 1961 at Peoria Mt. Hawley Speedway  .....  Passed at 63 Years of Age in Rushville Illinois on January 06 - 1991  .....

 

 Charles Royer - Peoria, Ill. -D- # 23  ..... Chuckie Royers Dad  .....

 

 Chuck Ewing - Peoria, Ill. -D- #33  ....  in the Late 1960's


Chuck Hamilton - Peoria, Ill. -P- Born 1951 & Passed 2002

Charles Hamilton

PEORIA - Charles Allen ''Chuck'' Hamilton, 50, of Peoria died at 10:25 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Born Nov. 8, 1951, in Peoria to Harold ''Hank'' and Thelma Thrasher Hamilton, he married Patricia C. ''Patsy'' Butler on June 2, 1973. He later married Sherrie Elgin on April 29, 1988, in Watertown, N.Y.

Speedway owner held fast to stock-car foundation. Working with Peoria Speedway owner/promoter Chuck Hamilton was such a pleasure. Hamilton died Thursday night at the age of 50 after having open-heart surgery April 15. Count me among the many who will miss him very much. Always accessible and ready with an explanation or comment during even the most difficult or frustrating times, Hamilton also was helpful to new reporters we sent to cover events at his racetrack.

 

Chuck Hurn - Peoria Illinois - D - #71 Mustang - 1971 Amateur Point Champion

Peoria llinois ..... Charles "Chuck" L. Hurn, 68, of Peoria passed away at 6:28 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Manor Care at Riverview in East Peoria. He was born on June 16, 1943, in Lauderdale County, Ala., to Tonis and Nadine (Morgan) Hurn. He married Carolyn S. Golden on June 29, 1963, in Ramah, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ray Hurn. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn of Peoria; two children, Sandra Dean (Steve) Hurn Newsam of Atlanta, Ga., and Daniel Wayne (Bethany) Hurn of Peoria; and four grandsons, Caleb and Austin Newsam and Jared and Cody Hurn. Also surviving are one sister, Brenda (Keith) Balch of Lexington, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for many years and worked as an instructor with marketing until retiring in 2002. He was also the owner and operator of CDSC Video Productions in Peoria until falling ill this year and was a member of the Cedar Hills Baptist Church.

Chuck loved stock car racing and was a 1971 amateur champion. He raced at the Peoria Speedway and several other tracks throughout the country, including East Moline and Freeport. Chuck enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and traveling, especially out west. A visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 2011, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with the funeral following the service at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. The Rev. Mike Betencourt, Tim Beddingfield and Richard Springsteen will officiate. A second visitation and service is scheduled for Sunday, July 3, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. with the service following at Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Burial will follow the service in Mimosa Cemetery in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

 

 Chuckie Royer - Peoria Illinois - D - #1 Monte Carlo Street Stock Car  .....

Born on November 21  .....

 

Chuck Taylor - Peoria, Illinois -D- # 69

 PEORIA -- Chuck Taylor, 48, of 3416 N. Gale died at 11:40 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 1996, at his home. He was born Feb. 1, 1948, in Edmond, Okla., to Charles and Verna Brown Taylor. Surviving are his parents of Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, Tony of East Peoria and Michael of Peoria; one sister, Linda Westart of Chillicothe; one niece; and one nephew. He was an Army veteran. He was a mechanic in the Peoria area for many years. He was a member of NASCAR and the Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club.

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Cliff Goss - Pekin Illinois - O - #30 Sedan - 1950 - Passed in 2015  .....

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 Cliff Ryder - Peoria Illinois - D -

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Clyde Dagit - Pekin Illinois - D - 1960's thru 1980's  .....  Passed in 2016  .....

PEKIN ~ Clyde Albert Dagit, 74, of Pekin, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at his home.Born October 10, 1941, in Cincinnati Township, Tazewell County, to Clyde Edward and Dorothy (Taylor) Dagit, he married Joyce K. Althoff on April 20, 1973, in Quincy. She survives.Also surviving are two daughters, Lori (Jim) Dinquel and Nicole (Shannon) Atkins, both of Pekin; one son, Dana (Noelle) Dagit of Glen Burnie, Maryland; one stepson, Michael Logan of Cabot, Arkansas; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren and two sisters, Delores (Curt) Melton of Tucson, Arizona and Thelma (Al) Dirceto of Las Vegas, Nevada.He was preceded in death by his parents, one stepdaughter, Kristina Logan and two sisters, Loretta Huss and Claudette Jones.Clyde worked out of the Millwright Local Union 1051 in Lincoln for 40 years, retiring in 2005. He also owned and operated Double D's in Pekin for 12 years, retiring in 2015He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting. He also enjoyed tinkering in his garage and was able to build anything imaginable.Clyde's true love was stock car racing. He raced his #0 Dodge Charger at Peoria Speedway for many years in the early 1970's before joining the United States Auto Club circuit. He then raced NASCAR for four years, including tracks at Daytona, Talladega, Rockingham and Michigan International Speedway.His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. James C. McClarey will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.Memorial contributions may be given to the donor's choice. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?pid=180606262#sthash.TlmDSnTt.dpuf

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Coy Holt - East Peoria Illinois - D - # 17 Late Models - 1960's Thru 1980's - Passed in 2016

EAST PEORIA - Coy G Holt, 85, of East Peoria, IL, formerly of Jackson, TN, died at his home at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016.He was born May 20, 1931, in Lexington, TN, the son of Clifton and Rusha Blakney Holt. He married Nettie Maness in Corinth, Mississippi, in 1949. He later married Vivian Loree on May 14, 1970.Coy is survived by his wife of 46 years; one daughter, Donna (Larry) Bruell of East Peoria; one son, Danny (Delores) Holt of East Peoria; one stepdaughter, Janice (Jim) Bevard of East Peoria; one brother, Jerry (Lila) of Jackson, TN; two sisters, Margaret (Harriel) Davis and Melba Jo Kendall, both of Jackson, TN; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenneth Holt. Coy loved racing and raced at the Peoria Speedway and other local tracks in the Midwest for many years. He also loved following NASCAR racing. He worked in the Transportation Department at Caterpillar for 31 years, retiring in October of 1982.He was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church of Beech Bluff, TN.Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Remmert Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Pastor John Plunkett will officiate. Burial will be in Fondulac Township Cemetery. 

 Dale Hougham - Peoria, Ill. -P S- Was on Herb Shannons U.S.A.C. Pit Crew

Dale Hougham

PEORIA - Dale C. Hougham, 75, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Peoria, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Odyssey Hospice in Mesa. Born June 29, 1927, in Peoria to Franklin and Nina Farnam Hougham, he married Barbara Short on Nov. 15, 1952, in Peoria. She preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Surviving are one daughter, Linn Cunningham of Mesa; two sons, Danney of Peoria and Timothy of Mesa; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

 

Dale Jordan - Peoria Illinois - Driver of #00

PEORIA - Dale L. Jordan, 71, of Peoria, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Dale was born Nov. 19, 1941, in Peoria, Ill., to Hugh and Virginia Mason Jordan. He married Carolyn Stevens on Feb. 2, 1971.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Jordan of Peoria, Ill.; daughter, Amy (Dana) Smith of Peoria, Ill.; son, James (Melanie) Davis of Morton, Ill.; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd (Marla) Jordan of North Pekin, Ill., and Tom Mason of Seattle, Wash.; his sister, Sandra (Ronald) Cusack of Edwards, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

Dale worked for Gateway Freight Lines, where he owned and operated his own truck until retiring in 2006.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, Ill. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Cottonwood Cemetery

 

 Dale Morris - N. Pekin, Ill. -D- # 33

 Dale's Wife Wilma Passed in October of 2009

Dale Morris

CREVE COEUR - Dale M. ''Buddy'' Morris, 66, of 209 Earl Ave. Died at 8:05 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at his residence. Born June 23, 1936, in Blemont to St. Elmo and Ruby Burton Morris, he married Wilma Kleinschmidt on March 7, 1959, in East Peoria. Also surviving are five daughters, Tammy (and Tim) St. Clair of Delavan, Connie (and Brad) Herbig of Manito, April (and Dennis) Roberson of Washington, and Melissa Morris.

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Dan Bennett - Peoria Illinois - Driver & Owner  # 2 Late Model - 1960's to Present

 Born in 1944 & Passed on August 06 - 2016 at 72 Years of Age  .....

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Dan DeRoss - Peoria, Ill. - D - # 28 (Ford Stock Cars Only)

 

Danny Parlier - PC - Owner  #59 Race Team of Washington Illinois - Passed on March 29 - 2012

 

Darrel Melvin - D - # 01 - Passed on June 13, 2007

 

PEORIA - Darrel S. Melvin, 52, of Peoria died at 3:35 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2007, at his residence.He was born on May 2, 1955, in Peoria to Robert W. and Betty B. Bundy Melvin. He was married to Jody Blaylock and then he later married Deborah Cape. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Nancy Thaller.Surviving are two sisters, Connie Allsup of Peoria Heights and Linda (and Lon) Carr of Peoria. Also surviving are four nieces and four nephews, and 19 great-nieces and great-nephews. He previously worked at Caterpillar Inc. until 1982 and owned and operated his own towing business. He then worked at SC2 for 18 years.He was a member of the NASCAR Association and was a race car driver at the Peori Speedway for many years. He also had been captain of several pool leagues.Services will be at noon on Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Deiters Funeral Home in Washington, where visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Bill Cordes will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded after services. Burial of remains will be at a later date in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

 

 

Darrell Dake - #8 - D - Cedar Rapids, Iowa  08/11/1927 to 08/07/2007

Passed on 08/07/2007 at the Age of 79

 



CEDAR RAPIDS - Darrell Clair Dake, 79, of 6505 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids, passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 in his home, of cancer. Celebration of Life: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids. A private family burial will be held at Campbell Cemetery. Darrell is preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer Dake and Madeline Cilvick; his brother, Denny Dake; and his daughter, Diane Streeper. Darrell is survived by his wife, LaVerle; his children, Ronnie Dake, Theron (Josie) Manson, and Pamela Boston, all of Cedar Rapids; Maureen (David) Kilfoile of Coral Springs, Fla.; LuAnn (Gene) Pierce of Des Moines; a son-in-law, Jerry Streeper of Maquoketa; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Darrell was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Palo, and united in marriage to LaVerle on Oct. 27, 1961, in Shreveport, La. Darrell enjoyed a long and successful career in auto racing. He raced twice in the Daytona 500, in 1960 and 1961. He once said a memorable moment was in 1960 when he finished fourth in the 125-lap qualifier race for the Daytona 500 and the fifth-place finisher in that race was Lee Petty.

 

Dean Hunt - Pekin, Ill. -S T-

Wilbur Hunt

NORTH PEKIN - Wilbur Dean Hunt, 74, of 29 Park Drive died at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, in the intensive care unit at OSF Saint Medical Center in Peoria. He was born June 16, 1927, in Decatur to Paul and Hallie Harlow Hunt. Surviving are two sons, Jeffrey and Larry (and Cindy), both of Peoria; two daughters, Rene (and Ross) Smith of East Peoria and Angela Hunt of Pekin; two brothers, Robert (and Donna) of Bellevue and James (and Nancy) of Kailua, Hawaii; Mary Hickey.

 

Dean Montgomery - Milan, Ill. -D- Passed in 1985 - # 32

Leaves Behind Wife Jan and Sons Brad, Britt & Bart

 

 Del Vance #62 - D - Bloomington Illinois -  (7/11/33) - (11/27/10) - Peoria Speedway Amatuer Division Point Champion in 1969 # 12 - 1957 Chevrolet

BLOOMINGTON ? Delmar E. Vance, 77, of Bloomington died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 27, 2010) at his residence. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with Deacon Bob Hermes officiating. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax, with military honors from Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guards accorded. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to Cedar Lake Fellowship Inc., P.O. Box 513, Bloomington, IL 61702-0513. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 11, 1933, in Colfax, a son of Daniel Webster and Stella Mae Blundy Vance. He married Judy Thornton on July 11, 1956. Surviving are two daughters, Debra (Randy) Fulkerson of Normal and Susan Nafziger of Towanda; two sons, Rodney (Linda) Vance of Shirley and Richard Todd (Loretta) Vance of Normal; eight grandchildren, Marc Starke, Deric Walsh, Jessie Hough, Kambria Vance, Kiara Vance, Joshua Vance, Shane Nafziger and Samantha Harris; four great-grandchildren, Ty Starke, Jake Starke, Kyra Hough and Jack Walsh; and two sisters, Alice (Marion) Welsh, age 98, of Gridley; and Gladys (Don) Jacobs, age 97, of Lexington. He was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister. Delmar was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1953. He retired from Nussbaum Trucking in 1995 after 25 years of service. Delmar was well known by stock car racing fans in Central Illinois during the 1970s and 1980s, racing at speedways in Peoria, Fairbury and Farmer City. He was active in quarter-midget racing during the 1990s with four of his grandchildren.  He enjoyed going to local racetracks and following NASCAR. He was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan.

 

Denny Irwin - Peoria, Ill. -D-

 

Dick Andrae - Pekin, Ill. -D-

 

Dick Coon - Peoria, Ill. -O- (1943 - 2004) # 20

Richard Coon

PEORIA HEIGHTS - Richard A. "Dick" Coon, 60, of Peoria Heights died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.Born Sept. 27, 1943, in Peoria to Sherman and Edith Kreps Coon, he married Sharon English. Surviving are his mother of Pekin; one son, Todd (and Lisa) of East Peoria; one daughter, Kelly (and Scott) Coppernoll of Peoria; three grandchildren; one brother, Larry of Peoria; two sisters, Lois Coon and Shirley (and Bill)

 

Dick Hoover -  Peoria Illinois (PC)  Long-Time Pit Member of the Ray Neltner #75 Performance Race Team  .....

Richard A. Hoover, 77, of Peoria passed away Sunday February 26, 2012 at his residence. He was born June 7, 1934 in Peoria to John and Emma Fouts Hoover. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom. He is survived by his sisters, Joann (Jack) Henderson of Streator, Norma Jean Murphy of Port Orange, FL; six nieces and nephews and his extended family, Ray and Michele Neltner of Peoria, Raenel and Bob Wilson of Abington and Randy Neltner of Peoria. Richard worked for Otto-Baum & Sons Co. for 28 years retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Laborers Union 165 for over 40 years. He was also a member of NASCAR, he was an avid dirt racing fan and supporter of Performance Racing No. 75. He loved old westerns and John Wayne movies. Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of his life will be held Sunday March 4, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1704 S. East Lane in Peoria. Memorials may be made to Illinois Cancer Care on Rt. 91 in Peoria.

 

Dick Hutton - D - #208 / Drove at Mt. Hawley Speedway Late 50's thru 60's / Formerly of Magnolia Illinois / Born on June 08 - 1931 & Passed on July 02 - 2011 in Ruskin Florida  .....

Richard H. Hutton, 80, passed away July 2, 2011 at his home in Ruskin. Survived
by his bride of 55 years, Betty (Pooh Bear); children: Gary Lane, Chuck Hunt,
Conrad Hutton, Cindy Palmer, Sandy Thornton and Cathy Ramos; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by son, Scott Hutton;
granddaughter, Sara Palmer / Zipperer's Funeral Home of Ruskin Florida

 

Dick Layne - Peoria Illinois - D - #30 / Passed on November 01 - 2011

Raced in the Street Stock Division in the 1980's

Also Did Track Prep at Peoria Speedway for Promoter Hank Hamilton  ....

Richard L. Layne - 73  /  8/31/1938 - 11/1/2011   /   Edwards, Illinois
Edwards ? Richard L. Layne, 73, died at 12:57 pm, Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at his residence. He was born on August 31, 1938 in Pekin to William Arnold and Helen Florence (Reeb) Layne. They preceded him in death.  He married Beverly Ann Murphy on October 25, 1958. She preceded him in death on June 2, 1993. He later married Kathleen Anderson in December, 1993 and she also preceded him in death in 2003.  Surviving are 3 children Dennis (Karla) Layne of Brimfield, Sandra (Orville) Clayton of Edwards, Allen (Karen) Layne of Peoria, 2 step children Melissa Anderson of Tempe, AZ, Cynthia Lindsey of Provo, UT, 1 sister Betty Jean Porter of Longmont CO, 2 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and 3 step great-grandchildren.  Also preceding him in death are 1 infant daughter, Kristal Diane Layne and 1 infant brother William.  He retired as the owner and operator of Richard Layne Excavating in Edwards. He also was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers and raced stock cars at the Peoria Speedway for several years.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood at 3:00 pm with visitation from 1-3. The Rev. Philip Merritt will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded after the service.  Memorials may be made to the Donor?s Choice.

 

 Dick Manuell - Peoria, Ill. - D - #999 - Race at Peoria Speedway 1950 to 1964

Richard Manuell, 76, a resident of California City, passed away at 2:55 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 1999 at home from complications of lung cancer. He was born July 23, 1923 in Farmington, Illinois to Richard and Kathryn Manuell. He married Darlene Kendall in February 1942.
He moved to Reseda, CA in 1963 and worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 17 years before retiring in 1990.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to your choice of So. California Baptist Church of North Edwards, P.O. Box 835, North Edwards, CA 93523, or the American Lung Cancer Society.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene, and two daughters, Dorothy Miller of Brighton, Iowa and Connie Mehling of Huntington Beach, CA; four grandchildren, Terry, Tracy, Jessica, Sarah and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on September 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Edwards Baptist Church in North Edwards, CA,

 

 Dick Murphy - Peoria, Ill. -C O-

 

 Dickie Quick - Hanna City, Ill. -PC- Was member of Don Bitner's Pit Crew

 Dick Wilson - East Peoria Illinois - Driver & Flagman at Peoria Speedway

 

Dirk Davis - D - 12/05/1962 to 06/03/2007

PEORIA - Dirk James Davis, 44, of 2207 W. Ann St., passed away at
12:06 a.m. Sunday, June 3, 2007, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home,
Pekin Chapel, with the Rev. Terry Edele officiating. Burial will be in
Kingston Mines Cemetery in Kingston Mines.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for
Dirk James Davis Jr., care of Herget National Bank in Pekin.
To express condolences online, visit: www.preston-hanley.com.
He was born Dec. 5, 1962, in Peoria to Jimmy and Mary Dorothy Davis
of Pekin. He married Angela Grant in Peoria in 1991.
Surviving are his parents; one son, Dirk James Davis Jr., of Peoria;
two brothers, Darren J. Davis of Chillicothe and Dale J. (Lisa) Davis
of Midland, Mich.; and one grandfather, Clyde R. Dorothy of Pekin.
Davis was a self-employed mechanic at Dirk's Auto Repair Shop in
Peoria. He also worked for Trails Towing as a tow truck driver for many years.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He enjoyed racing and sponsored many race cars at Peoria Speedway.

 

Doc Vance Cramer - O -

Vance Cramer - ST. DAVID - Vance ''Doc'' Cramer Jr., 80, of St. David died at 12:52 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, in Graham Hospital in Canton. Born Oct. 16, 1920, in Latham to Vance G. Sr. and Alma Moore Cramer, he married Dorothy Irene Gilbert on July 5, 1941, in Decatur. She died Feb. 11, 1959. He also was preceded in death by one brother. Surviving are two daughters, Diana Williams of St. David and Pamela Johnson of Springfield; seven grandchildren.

 Don Cook - Peoria, Ill. -O- Don Bitner was one of his Drivers # 51

 Don Dunfee - Peoria, Ill. -D- Graduated from the University of Illinois

Won 26 Hour Race at Peoria Speedway in 1951 in a Hudson Terraplain

Don Dunfee - 1955

Hi Scott.....

I am the son of Don DUNFEE who raced in the good old days....Yes....He did win the 26 hour race and I remember it well.....Dad died in 1977 at the young age of 59....I appreciate the fact that your club put him in the Hall Of Fame....Dad would have loved that....He loved racing and many times I was the little kid who he handed the checker flag to after he won a race through the fence....I now live in Las Vegas and am retired....Wish I lived closer to Peoria so I could participate in some of the club's functions.....Thanks for remembering Dad......

Take Care......Don DUNFEE

 

Don Gray - Bellevue Illinois - Car Owner for Many Years - 1950's thru 1990's

 

Don Lewis - Peoria Heights, Ill. - Peoria speedway Owner & Promoter 1965 to 1974

DONALD LEWIS

GALESBURG -- Donald P. Lewis, 83, of 1153 N. Henderson St. died at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, 1995, at Americana Nursing Home in Peoria. Born Oct. 13, 1911, in Galesburg to Arthur F. and Emma N. Nelson Lewis, he married Lillian E. Linnear on Aug. 30, 1932, in Galesburg. She died in May 1959. He married Betty Kennedy Sandidge on Dec. 27, 1970, in Galesburg. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Paul A. of Peoria Heights and Robert E. of Peoria; one daughter, Shirley A. Sopher.  Don was the Promoter of Peoria Speedway from 1965 to 1974.

 

Donnie Rogers - Peoria Illinois - O - Donnie Owned Stock Car for the Past 40 Years .....  Rick Standridge & Ronnie McMahill Recently Drove for Donnie  .....

 Doris Dixon - Frank Dixon's Daughter

PEORIA - Doris L. Dixon, 76, of Proctor Home died at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Methodist Medical Center. She was born June 25, 1923, in Monmouth to Frank and Esther Moore Dixon. Surviving is one niece. She was preceded in death by one sister. She worked in marketing for the Ruben H. Donnelly Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 1985. She was a former joint-owner of the Peoria Speedway and Mount Hawley Speedway. She was a former officer of the American Business

 Duke Jackson - Clinton Iowa - Late Model Driver #14

Born on June 15, 1945 - Duke Passed from a massive heart attack on August 23, 2005

Raced at Peoria Speedway 1990's thru Early 2000's

 Earl (Dot) Baker Sr. - Peoria, Ill. -D- # 88 - Team Race Champions (passed on March 29 - 1980)

Earl's Wife Rozena (Rose) drove Drove in the Powder Puff Races (Passed on February 03 - 1988)

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Earl Baker Jr. - Pekin Illinois

PEKIN - Earl LaRue "Pete" Baker Jr., 76, of Pekin, formerly of Peoria, passed away early Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.He was born on Oct. 29, 1939, in Peoria. Earl was the eldest son of the late Earl Sr. and Rozena (Hart) Baker. Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years, Eleanor Phillips, who passed in 2013. Earl leaves behind to love and cherish his memory one brother, seven sisters, two children, two granddaughters, several nieces and nephews and his trusted friend and companion, his dog, Chance. Earl honorably served his country in the United States Army. He retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after 30 years of service. He was a proud member of the Peoria Speedway Old Timers Club. His passion was working on cars and racing at the former Mount Hawley and the Peoria Speedway, as a driver and family owner. Earl enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and friends. His hobby was making unique fishing lures for everyone's enjoyment. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He will be truly missed by all. Fish in peace, Pete.A celebration of life will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin. Cremation rites have been accorded and private inurnment will be at a later date at the Oakridge Cemetery in Farmington, Ill., where he will be reunited with his beloved wife. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?pid=176954589#sthash.Q3GT5eIJ.dpuf

 

Ed Cornish Sr. ~ Obituary
Darlene Strube's Husband .....

BARTONVILLE - Edward M. Cornish Sr., 69, formerly of Bartonville, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Sharon Health Care Willows in Peoria. He was born on Sept. 3, 1943, in Peoria, the son of Louis and Wilma Bashusen Cornish. He married Rosalie Lawson and they had two children, Lisa Lawson and Edward M. Cornish Jr.; who had three children.
His parents preceded him in death.
... He later married Darlene (Strube) Reed on July 5, 1994, and she survives along with her children, Vickie (Paul) Grohsmeyer of Dunlap, Danny (Stacey) Reed of Mossvile and Kandy Moretto of Chicago. Also surviving are six stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
He owned and operated East Peoria Motors for many years and later worked at Construction Materials for several years, retiring in 2006.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful ladies of Sharon Willows Health Care Center for all the loving care they gave Edward.
At Ed's request, cremation rites will be accorded with no services scheduled.
Memorials in his name may be given to the Peoria Old Timer's Racing Club

 

 Ed 'PeeWee' Bolen - East Peoria, Ill. -D- # 24 1950's thru 1980's
Eddie Lee Bolen Sr. - D -
 
 PEKIN - Eddie L. Bolen Sr., age 56, of Pekin passed away at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 19, 1954, in Peoria to Edwin Dorsey Sr. and Donna Jean (Chase) Bolen. They preceded him in death along with two brothers and one sister. Survivors include three sons, Billy Bolen Sr. of Morton, Michael J. (Bobbie) Bolen of Canton and Eddie L. (Jamie) Bolen Jr. of Pekin; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Bonita (Edward) Bartholomew of Chillicothe, Kathleen K. Brackney of Chillicothe and Yolanda Pickrel of Galva, Mo.; and five brothers, Theodore Bolen Sr. of Harrisburg, Ark., Terry Bolen of Peoria, Randy (Jeanie) Bolen of Laura, James (Kathy) Bolen of Pekin and Dorsey Bolen of East Peoria. Eddie worked as a heavy equipment operator. He was an avid race car driver and loved to fish. Funeral services will be at 12 noon Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

 

Ernie Schaefer - D - #90 at Mt. Hawley Speedway   .....  (1915  to 1991)

76 Years Old of West Armstrong Avenue, DeLand, Florida died on Saturday, Oct. 20 - 1991.

 Mr. Schaefer was a retired automotive mechanic. Born in Pontiac, Ill., he moved to Central Florida in 1966.

Survivors: son, James Stoecker, Lowell; brother, Clifford, O'Dell, Ill.; sister, Mary Boyd, Pontiac; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, Orange City.

 

 

Floyd "Pappy" Allen - East Peoria Illinois - O -  .....  Les Peterson Won 1964 Pro Points for Pappy in his # 16 - 1957 Chevrolet at the Old Peoria "Mt. Hawley" Speedway in Pioneer Park  .....  Jim Strube Won 1965 Points for Pappy in his # 16 - 1957 Chevrolet at the New Peoria Speedway on Farmington Road  .....


Floyd F. Strube - D - East Peoria Illinois

 

 

 

East peoria - Floyd F. Strube, 63, of East Peoria died at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at his home. He was born on March 30, 1944, in Peoria, son of Henry J. and Ida (Mitzelfelt) Strube. He married Marilyn J. Sprout on Sept. 1, 1984, in Bartonville. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Nischa (Rob) Kelly of Smithfield, Mo., and Ginger (Tom) Greene of Albuquerque, N.M.; one stepdaughter, Lisa (Steven) Wagstaff of East Peoria; six grandchildren, Victoria, Taylor, Dallas, Charles, Kalyn and Christopher; one sister, Darlene (Ed) Cornish of Peoria; and two brothers, Fred (Cindy) Strube and Chuck Strube, both of St. Cloud, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Hank, John, Jim and Howard. Floyd worked at Strube & Sons Auto Rebuilders and also at various Chevrolet Dealerships in the Peoria Area. In 2006, after 30 years, he retired from United Ready Mix in Peoria, where he drove a mixer. He was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Peoria and Teamsters Local No. 627. Floyd was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan and he enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Bartonville, where visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery in Smithville.


 

Francis "Frank" Schuck - PC - On Brother Leo Schuck's #30 Pit Crew Back in the 1970's

PEKIN - Francis Eugene "Frank" Schuck, 67, of Pekin passed away at 3:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at his home with his family and loved ones at his bedside.  Born Jan. 6, 1944, in Peoria to Henry and Eleanor (Robinson) Schuck, he married Rita Eddy on Sept. 5, 1979, in Peoria.  Surviving are his wife; one son, Jonathon (Erica) Schuck of Pekin; two daughters, Shawna (Mike) Lehney of Arkansas and Jenifer (Eric) Wisher of Pekin; nine grandchildren, including Ryan Schuck, whom Frank helped raise; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Leo Schuck of Creve Coeur; and two sisters, Anna Norton of Lake Camelot and Marla Jordan of Pekin.  He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Frank Schuck Jr; one daughter, Carrie Schuck; and two brothers.  Frank worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 25 years, retiring as a core dipper in 1989.  He served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard in the 1960s, and was a life member of AMVETS Post No. 169 in North Pekin. An avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan, he and several members of his family enjoyed participating in dirt track racing. He especially loved watching his son and daughter race. A Chicago Cubs fan, he also enjoyed deer hunting and loved his dogs, Puppy, Wendy and Bristol.  He was a member of First Christian Church in Pekin.  Frank's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Michael Roberts will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.  Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, 2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, IL 61615.

 

Francis "Wildman" Kelly - Driver from Macomb Illinois

Francis I. "Wild Man" Kelly, 87, of 1307 Meadowlark Lane, Macomb, passed away at 11:08 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2012 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
He was born on May 11, 1925 in Littleton, Illinois to Elmer and Dorothy Gunning Kelly. He married Donna Marlow on January 15, 1947 in Macomb. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons; Scott (Stephanie) Kelly of Macomb and Mark Kelly of Macomb; one daughter, Paula (Earl) Pepmeyer of Macomb; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law and her husband, Barb (Jack) Silberer of Macomb; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Payne.
He lived in Industry before moving to Macomb where he worked at King-Sealy Thermos for 32 years. He was an Army veteran serving from 1943 to 1945. He was a member of the Macomb American Legion and Macomb VFW.
Wild Man was a well known area stock car driver, racing for 43 years.
A Celebration of His Life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Macomb American Legion with Military honors being conducted by the Macomb American Legion and the Macomb VFW at 1 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of ashes will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made in his memory in care of First State Bank of West Central Illinois in Macomb.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.

 

 Frank Jay Dixon - Peoria, Ill. -P-

Frank was the Promoter of Peoria Speedway from 1953 to 1964

Created the Peoria Racing Club in 1954 - Created the Team Race & Illinois State Championships in the Early 1950's

Birth: Feb. 14, 1902
Yates City
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 1970
Peoria
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Frank, was the son of John Wesley Dixon Jr. and Lulu Vernice Wood. He married Ester Moore in 1918, they had two children, Geraldine and Doris Dixon. His working life was spent in the ownership and operation of the Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois. 
 
 Spouse:
  Esther Moore Dixon (1902 - 1983)
 
 Children:
  Geraldine Belle Dixon James (1921 - 1996)*
  Doris Louise Dixon (1923 - 1999)*
 

Burial:
Swan Lake Memory Gardens
Peoria
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Lot 8-B

 

 Frank Gottman - N. Pekin, Ill. -D- # 75 - Late 1960's

FRANK GOTTMAN
(1928-2000)
Frank G. Gottman, 72, of 4100 Edgewater Dr., Pekin, died at 10:20 a.m., Thursday, July 13, 2000 at O.S.F. St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born April 24, 1928 in Altamont, IL, he was a son of August Fred and Edna Mae Thompson Gottman. He married Lily Marie Perry on June 1, 1948 in St. Elmo, IL.
Surviving are his wife; 2 sons, Robert Eugene (Nancy) Gottman of Creve Coeur and Larry Alan (Christine) Gottman of Pekin; 2 daughters, Shirley (Rev. Gary) England of East Peoria and Bonnie Shirley of North Pekin; 8 grandchildren, Tiffany (Robert) Clark , Christine (Sean) Perkins, Tim Gottman and Matthew Gottman, all of Pekin, Tonya England of East Peoria, Daniel (Anita) England of Washington, Josh Sloan of Creve Coeur, and Jesse Shirley of North Pekin; 3 great-granddaughters; and 1 sister, Elsie (William) Sarver of Herrick, IL.
He was preceded in death by 1 daughter (Angela Beth Gottman on November 24, 1970 in Pekin), 1 grandson (Gordon Shirley), 1 brother, and 1 sister.
Mr. Gottman was a carman/welder for the Toledo, Peoria, and Western Railroad for 32 years retiring in 1984. He had been a stock car race driver and was inducted into the Peoria Speedway Hall of Fame in 1999. He was a member of Richland Southern Baptist Church in East Peoria and a former member of the International Association of Carmen. He was an avid auction goer.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2000 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. His son-in-law, Pastor Gary R. England officiated. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.

 

 Fred Rapp - Morton, Ill. -P-

FREDERICK RAPP -  Fred was the Peoria Speedway Book-Keeper from 1965 to 1974

MORTON - Frederick J. ''Fritz'' Rapp, 72, of 1026 E. Monroe St. died at 9:57 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born Dec. 24, 1928, in Peoria to Christian and Louise Weishaupt Rapp, he married Grace Gieseke Ingram on Nov. 10, 1979, in Morton. She survives. Also surviving are one stepdaughter, Debbie (and Willie) Glueck of Morton; one stepgranddaughter; and two sisters, Mary Payton of Yates City and Joyce

 

 Freddie Voight - East Peoria, Ill. -D- ( 04/23/1927 to 08/04/1973 )

Scott, Thank you for the kind mention of my father, Freddie Voight, on your site. He was born in Peoria, the only child of Henry and Violet (Crafton) Voight, on April 23,1927 and died August 4,1973. He was father to the four of us and (at that time) grandfather to five.

Barbara Kaiser / Mayor of North Pekin, Illinois

Kathy Jean's Grandfather  -  Also former Announcer at Peoria Speedway

 

Opal Voight - Owner of Opal's Truck Stop in East Peoria & NASCAR Grand National Race Team #37  Driven by Bruce Jacobi  .....  See Photo Below
March 6, 2001
NORTH PEKIN - Opal Voight Leamon, 73, of 12 Glen Lane died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Oct. 20, 1927, in Kilbourne to Everett and Frances Tackman Whitley, she married Frederick Hamilton Voight on June 9, 1946, in Peoria. He died Aug. 4, 1973. She later married Richard Leamon in September 1978 in Las Vegas. He died March 31, 1999.

 

 

 Gary Cook Jr. - D - #64 Deer Creek Illinois Passed on June 09-2013

Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club Hall of Fame "INDUCTEE" in 2012  .....

 

 

 Gary Poston - PC - Peoria

PEORIA - Gary Poston, 53, of Peoria died at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at his residence. He was born Aug. 15, 1948, in Peoria to Homer and Shirley Neal Poston. Surviving are his parents of Peoria; his former wife, Vicki Nichols Poston of Bartonville; two sons, Sean and Kyle (and Jennifer), both of Peoria; one stepdaughter, Megan Burwell of Peoria; one brother, Kenneth (and Sue) of Brimfield; three sisters, Kim (and Harold) Sherrard and Sue (and Dennis) Price, both of Peoria.

 

Gary Reinhart - East Moline, Ill. -D-

Son Of the Late Quad Cities Driver Jerry Reinhart & Charlotte of Hawkeye Racing News

 

Gene Jackson - E.Peoria, Ill. -M-

Mechanic for the Late Driver Jim Baker

 

Gene Miller ~ Obituary ~ Former #22 Stock Car Driver at Peoria (Mt. Hawley)Speedway .....
WASHINGTON - A. Gene Miller, 81, of Washington, Ill., passed away at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Washington Christian Village. He was born July 30, 1931, in East Peoria to Pearl Francis and Alta Pearl (Kidd) Miller. He married Delores Suttle on July 5, 1957, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Rich (Pat Lykin) Miller of Washington, Diane K. Gore of Washington and Ron (Tammi) Miller of East Peoria; one brother, William (Vivian) Miller of East Peoria; one sister, Violet Whitehead of Washington; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Robin Lee Miller, four sisters and two brothers.
Gene was an Army Airborne veteran serving in the 82nd Airborne from 1952 to 1954.
... He worked at Caterpillar for 42 years in machine repair, retiring in March 1992.
Gene was a member of the ABC Bowling Congress since 1955; he won his weight class in Golden Gloves at the age of 16; raced stock cars in Peoria for five years and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Morton, Ill., and worked in the temple in Chicago and Nauvoo, Ill.
Most important to Gene was family. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Gene Pfeiffer - S. Pekin, Ill. -D- #121 / Jack Pfeiffers Brother

 

George Krueger - Mokena Illinois - Peoria Speedway Announcer 1950 to 1958 .....
Born in 1925
HomeTown - Mokena Illinois (Suburb of Joliet Illinois)
Married with 3 Sons
Insurance Agent in Joliet - Lockport, Illinois
Graduate of Radio Broadcasting Institute of Chicago
1st. Auto Racing Announcing Job was at DeKalb, Illinois Fairgrounds 1/2 Mile in 1949.
Worked as P.A. Announcer at Peoria (Mt.Hawley) Speedway from 1950 to 1958.
Worked at Most Major Speedways in Illinois Through-Out Career.
Prefers Eating Dust as to Watching Asplalt Racing.
Regards AAA's Greatest Champion Bob Sweikert as the Drivinest Darn Fool He Ever Saw.
His Racing Idol was the Late Ted Horn .....

 

George Reed - Peoria, Ill. -D- #67

 

Glen Bradley - D - #16 - Lincoln Illinois - Drove Coupe Stock Cars at Mt. Hawley Speedway in Peoria 1950 to 1957 - U.S.A.C. Stock Car Division Driver in the 50's to 70's. 

Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club "Hall of Fame" Inductee  .....

William Glendon ?Glen? Bradley, 80, of Lincoln, IL died at 8:35 p.m. May 15, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.  Mr. Bradley was the retired owner and operator of Bradley Auto Body and a retired stationary engineer for the state of Illinois. He was a past member of the Logan County Board.  He was affiliated with the Lincoln Church of Christ and was a member of American Legion Post 263, Lincoln Elks Lodge 914 and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was a charter member of the United States Auto Club.  A veteran of the Army National Guard, he served during the Korean War.  He was born March 8, 1929, in Butler County, Kentucky, to Reggie and Attie Romans Bradley. He married Lela Theobald on March 10, 1951, in Lincoln, IL.  Survivors include his wife of Lincoln; 2 sons, Gregory (Julia) Bradley of Lincoln, IL and Warren (Deanna) Bradley of Broadwell, IL; 1 daughter, Glena (Charles) Peterson of Broadwell, IL; 2 sisters, Jean Royal of Hammond, IN and Ethel Mae Snodgrass of Paducah, KY; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.  His parents and 3 brothers preceded him in death.  Mr. Bradley?s graveside service will be at 3:00 p.m. today at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Williamsville, IL, with full military rites being accorded by American Legion Post 263.

 

Hal Dunlap - Peoria, Ill. -D- # 100

Father of Kim & Jeff Dunlap

 

 Hank Hamilton - Peoria, Ill. -P-

Peoria Speedway Promoter 1975 to 1989

Father of Chuck Hamilton

 

 Hank Runge - Peoria Illinois - Runge's Market - Sponsor of Les Peterson in the Late 50's

 

 Hank Strube - Hanna City, Ill. -D- (12 /07/1927 - 08/05/2004)

 

 

 Harold Coffel - Peoria, Ill. -D- #42 in the 1950's & 60's

 

Harold Render - El Paso, Ill. -C O- (1915 to 1990) # 72 Render Special

EL PASO - Harold L. Render, 75, of Peoria, formerly of El Paso, a former oil company salesman and past national commander of the 80th Division Veterans Association, died at 4:10 a.m. (June 29, 1990) at Galena Park Nursing Home, Peoria. His funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Wilton Mortuary, Peoria, and 10 a.m. at St. Bernard's Church, Peoria. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, El Paso.

 

Harry 'Brownie' Brown -P S- (1916 to 1998)

HARRY BROWN

WEST PEORIA -- Harry "Brownie" Brown, 81, of West Peoria died at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Dec. 14, 1916, in Pocahontas, Ark., to Jess and Maud White Brown, he married Margaret Edwards on Feb. 17, 1946, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are one son, David Edwards of Mapleton; three daughters, Diana Johnson of Roanoke, Nola Brown Jackson of Benson and Janet Green of Peoria.

 

Harry Neal - Peoria, Ill. -

Part Owner of the Peoria Speedway 1975  to 1980

Also Owner of Neal Auto Parts

 

 Herb Frickleton - Peoria, Ill. -D- # 15

 

Herb Shannon - Peoria Illinois -D- 

Peoria's Greatest Stock Car Driver Ever  .....

PEORIA - Herb Shannon Sr., 81, of Peoria passed away at 6:16 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Hopedale, Ill., to William E. Wood and Mildred Frances Shannon. He married Donna K. Scharp in Peoria on March 28, 1992. She survives.

Also surviving are six children, Herb Jr. (Cyndi) Shannon, Dan (Sharon) Shannon, Jennifer Shannon, John Shannon, Mike (Kirsten) Largent and Todd (Ava) Largent; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ron (Jean) and Jerry; and one sister, Sherry (Dave) Urbanc.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and eight sisters.

He worked as a painter for the city of Peoria before retiring.

Herb was a racing legend, racing from 1947 to 2011. He was the first racing inductee into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. He was the pioneer of Herb Shannon Racing, which has included over 14 family members that have all won races at the Peoria Speedway.

He was a member of Illinois Vintage Racing and the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame. Herb was involved in leadership and support roles with MDA and Easter Seals. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Pekin Ward).

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorial donations may be made in Herb's honor to the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation at 302 W. Main St., No. 100, Avon, CT 06001.

 

Howard Strube - Trivoli, Ill. -D-  (9-25-1937)  (2-1-1976)

Drove # 70 for Don 'Red' Merritt

 

 Hugh Griffin - East Peoria, Ill. - O -


September 19th, 1921 - March 25th, 2009
EAST PEORIA?Hugh L. Griffin, 87, of East Peoria died at 6:46 PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. Born on Sept 19, 1921 in Decaturville, TN to Jesse and Fannie Tillman Griffin, he married Melissa M. Cordle on December 25, 1941 in Corinth, MS. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2002 in Peoria. Surviving are 3 children, Tony (Mary) Griffin, Travis (Kathy) Griffin, and Teresa (Dan) Earle, all of East Peoria; 7 grandchildren, Jesse (Buffie) Griffin, Ryan (Erica) Griffin, Nathan, Josetta and Samuel Griffin, and Melissa and Andrew Earle; 3 great grandchildren, Blake, Kelsie, and Chase Griffin; and 1 sister, Melba Higdon of Decaturville, TN. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister, Maurine Kindle. Hugh worked for Caterpillar, Inc. as a mechanic at the Proving Grounds for 34 years, and also worked as a carpenter for 50 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in East Peoria, the Local UAW #974, Carpenter?s Local #183 and NASCAR. A funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, March 28 at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in East Peoria. The Rev. Mary Arnold will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday, March 27 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where military rites will be accorded.
Cemetery: Roberts Cemetery-300 W. Jefferson-Morton, IL.

 

I. G. Lane - Springfield, Ill. -P-

Original Builder and Owner of the Peoria Speedway 1948 to 1953

 

Jack Goujon - D - # 33

GOUJON -- Malcolm (Jack), 67, of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday February 2, 2008 at his home, after many years battling heart disease. He was born on April 12, 1940 in Peoria, IL to Leo and Muriel Goujon. He married Martha E. Spradling on March 10, 1967. He is survived by his wife, Martie; children Jack Goujon and wife, Nancy; Jeff Goujon and wife, Terri; Ginger Green and husband, Tom; and Jill Davis and husband, Craig. Grandchildren are Claire, Jett, Jess, Anna, Dallas, Dylan, and Ashley. His sisters, Mary George and husband, Fred; and Leona Sleister and husband, Gary. Many more nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Vance. He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 627 in Illinois and Local 492 in Albuquerque. He was a retired Roadway driver and was an avid golfer. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 1:00 p.m., at Riverside Church of Christ, 3100 La Orilla Rd. NW. Reverend Mark Mc Kenzie will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to family.

 

 J.R. McMahill - Hanna City, Ill. -D- # 3m Late Model & Modified

DONALD MCMAHILL JR.

TRIVOLI -- Services for Donald E. "J.R." McMahill Jr., 30, of 19421 Linwood Drive, who was pronounced dead at 8:08 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, in Fulton County, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Davison- Fulton Woodland Chapel. The Rev. E.J. Lang will officiate. He died at the scene of an accident east of Canton, when his car failed to make a sharp curve. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery ...

 

 

Jackie "Jack" Lee Rebholz, Sr. - Lacon Ill. - D - #99
Date Of Birth:
06/08/1935
Date Of Death:
01/07/2014

Service Date:
Funeral service at 11:00 am on Monday, January 13, 2014 at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. Visitation on Sunday from 2-4 pm at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Jackie Lee "Jack" Rebholz, 78 of Lacon died at 12:07 AM on January 7 2014 at his residence surrounded by his family. Jack was born on June 8 , 1935 in Lacon, Illinois to the late John and Helen Stanley Rebholz. He met the love of his life Lillian Tuttle; they married on August 22, 1954 and raised their family in Henry, Illinois. She passed on Feb 20, 2008.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, aboard the USS Mindoro carrier ship stationed in Norfolk, Va. He owned and operated Phillips 66 service station in Henry and delivered heating fuel. Jack also served as a Marshall County deputy sheriff during the late 50's, 60's and 70's under three different sheriffs. He and his family returned to Lacon in 1973 and ran the Texaco Service Station there until 1982. During that time he also worked in the trucking sales business until retiring in 2010 from Sterling Trucking in East Peoria.
Jack was elected North Ward Aldermen in 1999 till the present time. He served on several committees during his 15 years completing many projects; Lacon Cemetery restoration of grave stones, sidewalk replacement , Weber Park and memorial benches, lighting, pavilions and trees in City parks. He had great pride in his hometown community. He was also a member of American Legion Post 593.
Jack always had a passion for speed, racing boats in the 1950's and early 60's. Then his passion turned toward Stock Car Racing in the late 60's until 1982. He raced in Peoria, Sterling, Freeport, Davenport, Springfield and tracks in Wisconsin. He was a member of the Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club and Inducted in 1998 into the Peoria Oldtimers Hall of Fame. He was an inspiration to many race car drivers and the racing community.
Jack's other passions were traveling around the US every summer with his family. Later in life he and Lillian enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida. Jack was always looking out for everyone he came in touch with and tried his best to help where he could. Jack was a great family man that always stood by his children to show them the way. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his sons Jackie Lee, Jr (Sherry) of Lacon and Duane of Princeton, daughters Lydia (David) Newhalfen of Henry and Connie (Mike) Anderle of Lacon. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jennifer Anderle, Roselyn Rebholz, and Danielle and Marshall Newhalfen. He was preceded by three sisters, Jo Ann Kirkbride, Helen Jane and Karen Lou, and one grandson.
Services will be Monday January 13 at 11:00 am at Lenz Memorial Home with a visitation one hour prior. Visitation will be Sunday January 12 from 2-4 pm. Jack will be lying in state at Lenz's on Saturday from 9-5. Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com

"He was a man that wasn't afraid to tell it like it was."

 

 

Jack Henson -Stronghurst, Ill. -D- # 00 - 1960's to 1970's

 

 

Jack Pfeiffer - O - South Pekin Illinois D - #121 1950's ..... Owner of Pfeiffers Auction Service in South Pekin Illinois  .....

 

 

Jack Tyne #89 - D - Streator Illinois -

  May 30, 1929 - July 24, 2009

 STREATOR - Jack E. W. Tyne, 80, of Streator passed away at 2:50 p.m. Friday (July 24, 2009).  The funeral for Jack Tyne will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Elias Funeral Home, Streator. The Rev. Bill Niebuhr will officiate and conduct graveside rites at Phillips Cemetery.  Full military rites including Honor Guard, Firing Squad, Flag Folding Team and taps will be provided by members of the American Legion Post 217 and VFW Post 1492.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  He was born May 30, 1929, in Princeton, the son of Earl and Mary Bell Tyne. He married Marlene Falling on May 5, 1955. She died Nov. 23, 2003.  He is survived by one son, Steve (Jamie) Tyne, and one daughter, Karen (Roger) Duncan, both of Streator; four grandchildren, Cheri Tyne, Kayla Tyne, Jimmy Hallam Jr. and Jesse Hallam; two great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Honey. Also surviving are one brother, Lloyd Tyne, and one sister, Lorraine (James) Riley, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; and sisters-in-law, Eleanor Quinn of Georgia, and Marian Stasko and Gaila Tyne, both of Streator; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald Tyne.  He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea from 1951 to 1953.  He was an electrician at Owens Illinois Glass Co. for over 40 years, retiring in 1991.  He was active in area sports including bowling, softball, and basketball, participating with Owens' teams.  He was a member of American Legion Post 217 and VFW Post 1492.  He was a member of the Christian faith.  Racing was Jack's life. He began racing at the age of 16 and was well known in the Midwest for racing the dirt track circuit. He continued to race until the age of 55 and won several dirt track championships in Illinois. When he retired from racing, he became a car owner for his son Steve until 2003. Until his passing, Jack remained in the racing community, building motors and helping with stock cars for his friends. He was entered into the Mazon Speed Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the Eli "Spud" Schlipf award at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway in 2008

 

 

John "Jack" Seckler - East Peoria Illinois - D - #216 at Mt. Hawley Speedway  ......

EAST PEORIA - John E. Seckler, 76, of rural East Peoria passed away at 2:08 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Peoria.
Born Aug. 25, 1936, in Metamora to Everett and Mildred (Donohue) Seckler, he married Ida Jean Missey on July 6, 1958. He later married Eugenia Jones.
Surviving are two sons, Donald Seckler of East Peoria and Thomas (Deborah) Seckler of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; two daughters, Christine (Dave) Asher of Mehlville, Mo., and Sharon (Terry) Rosen of Peoria; six stepchildren, Mark (Joan) Dorsey, Robert (Chris) Hubbard, Stacey Seckler, Tonya (Miguel) Martinez, Peggy Perez and Tina Matthews; five grandchildren, Dawn Schroeder, April Seckler, Matthew Richmond, Jessica Seckler and Sarah Seckler; several great-grandchildren; five brothers, Arnold Seckler, Steve (Betty) Seckler, Dennis (Suzie) Seckler, Bruce (Nancy) Seckler and Norman (Sharon) Seckler; and five sisters, Edna Marchand, Candace (Jack) Miller, Mary Shawback, Theresa Seckler and Jean (Dave) Stivers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant sister, Lois Seckler; one grandson, Mikey Richmond; and Eugenia Seckler, with whom he made his home for many years.
John served in the United States Air Force and then became a diesel mechanic for 35 years, retiring in 1998.
An avid NASCAR fan, John enjoyed riding and restoring classic motorcycles.
His memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Creve Coeur Christian Church, 101 South Thorncrest Ave., Creve Coeur. The Rev. John Plunkett will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary's Lourdes Cemetery in rural Metamora.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospital, 500 W. Romeo B. Garrett Ave., Peoria, IL 61605.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.

 

 James Franklin Womeldorff (Robbie) -D- #93

 Jason Thuenick - Germantown Hills, Ill. -D-

 

Jerry Blundy - Brimfield Illinois Illinois - D - #33 Raced Coupe Stock Cars at Peoria (Mt. Hawley) Speedway in Early 1950's  .....  IMCA National Sprint Car Champion  .....

"Jerry Blundy" ..... Obituary

Gerald W. "Jerry" Blundy, 86, of Silvis, formerly of Oak Run, Galesburg, and Brimfield, died on Monday, July 14, 2014, at Lighthouse Assisted Living in Silvis.
He was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Brimfield, the son of Clifford and Gwendolyn Whittaker Blundy. He married Margaret G. Admire on Oct. 29, 1955, in Shreveport, Louisiana. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2004.
Surviving is his son, Clifford (Terry) Blundy of East Moline; one grandchil...d; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two brothers.
He was reared and educated in Brimfield and attended Brimfield High School. Jerry was in the Air National Guard for seven years during the Korean Conflict.
Jerry first worked at Caterpillar for seven years as a forklift operator and then for 30 years as a mold maker at Admiral Corporation.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dahinda and the Brimfield American Legion Post 452.
Jerry raced cars for over 30 years and was a two-time national sprint car champion. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Brimfield Cemetery. The Rev. David Shreeves will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by Brimfield American Legion Post 452. Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church in Dahinda. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville is in charge of arrangements.

 

 Jerry Roedell - Peoria Ill - D - # 3
 Born: December 29, 1929 Died: April 23, 1995

 

GERALD (Jerry) ROEDELL WEST PEORIA -- Gerald H. Roedell, 65, of 2227 W. Herold died at 10:08 a.m. Sunday, April 23, 1995, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Dec. 29, 1929, in Peoria to Cleo and Rosetta McGrew Roedell, he married Pat Murphy on Oct. 22, 1951, in Pocahontas, Ark. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Gerry Smick of Chillicothe and Roxy Wolland of Peoria; one son, Dana of Edwards; one sister, Betty Stimeling of Peoria; four grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

Pat Roedell - Jerry's Wife
 

PEORIA - Patricia Roedell, 80, of West Herold Street in West Peoria passed away on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 21, 1929, to Richard and Stella Gerritson Murphy. She married Gerald H. Roedell in Pocahontas, Ark., on Oct. 22, 1951. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1995, in Peoria. She also was preceded by her parents, one brother and two sisters. Patricia is survived by one son, Dana (Laura) Roedell of Edwards; two daughters, Gerry (Steve) Smick of Peoria and Roxy (Jerry) Wolland of Edwards; four grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; one great-grandson; and one great-grandchild yet to be born; four brothers, William (Alberta) Murphy and Lawrence (Peggy) Murphy, both of Peoria, John (Doris) Murphy of Edwards and James (Rosemary) Murphy of Hanna City; and three sisters, June Hoffman and Doris (Jack) Hawksworth, both of Peoria and Gloria (Roy) Keith of Trivoli. Patricia last worked as a clerk for 12 years for Gateway Trucking in Peoria. Prior to that, she had worked for Tobler Trucking. She also had been the secretary/treasurer of the Stevers Water Company in West Peoria. She had been a member and former board member of Teamsters Retirees. Patricia volunteered for many Susan G. Koman Foundation Events and programs and always lent a helping hand to others in need. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Peoria. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria, plus one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.

 

 

Gerald 'Jerry' Reinhart - D - #27 - Moline Illinois

Gerald J. ``Jerry'' Reinhart, 73, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Moline, died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Hope Hospice House, Cape Coral.  Services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.  Mr. Reinhart was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Quincy, Ill., the son of Ralph and Helen Reinhart. He married Charlotte A. Blair Dec. 6, 1952, in Rock Island. She preceded him in death in 1980. He later married Juanita W. Williams Pearson Sept. 18, 1982, in Moline.  Gerald was employed at the former B.N. Transport for 33 years and T.N.T. Holland, Rock Island for 10 years, as a truck driver, retiring in 1994. While at B.N. Transport, he received an award for a million miles of safe driving. He enjoyed camping, fishing and stock car racing. He was a stock car driver for 27 years, and drove car No. 27.  Gerald was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East End Club and the Viking club, all of Moline, and Local 371. Survivors include his wife; stepdaughters and spouses, Marilyn and Jeff Ostrand, Bettendorf, Shelly and Dean Cambridge, Eagan, Minn., and Jeannie and Doug Bohnert, East Moline; sisters, Margie Sifuentes, Salinas, Calif., and Ruth Alderton, Quincy, Ill.; sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Ty Snyder, Quincy; and brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Barbara Reinhart, Quincy. Gerald was preceded in death by a son, Gary, in 1990, and a brother, Kenneth.

 Jess Cox - Bartonville, Ill. -D- # 15

 

Jesse Clendenin - D - Drove Stock cars at Mt. Hawley in the Eary 60's

PEORIA - Jesse James Clendenin, age 83 years, of Hillsboro, Wis., the father of several Peoria area residents, passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at University Hospital in Madison, Wis. He was born on April 4, 1928, to Charles and Laura (Davis) Clendenin in Marion, Ill. Jesse worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 32 years, retiring in 1982. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and will be missed by all family and friends. Surviving is his faithful companion, Harriet Fortun of Hillsboro, Wis., with whom he made his home; three sons, Michael (Kay) of Kankakee, Ill., Curtis (Fifi) of North Pekin, Ill., and Walter (Tina) of Washington, Ill.; one daughter, Debra Scott (Rick) of Mapleton, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Mowery and Bess Solchenberger, both of Wonewoc, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-granddaughter, a son-in-law and two sisters.Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro, Wis., with the Rev. Donald Ehler officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, for family and friends in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria, Ill.  Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria is in charge of arrangements.

 

Jim Baker - East Peoria, Ill. -D- # 66 - 401 - 45 - 8 -

 

 Jim Kimball - Peoria, Ill. -O- (1938 to 2003) # 98

Frank Friederich, Jerry Wolland, Jerry Roedell Drove for Kimball

James Kimball

BELLEVUE - James Leroy Kimball, 65, of Bellevue died at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at his home. Born Nov. 15, 1938, in Peoria to William Hazen and Edith Brooks Kimball, he married Dorothy "Dottie" Wagner in 1987. She died in May 1998 in Pahrump, Nev. He later married Coleen Sibley on July 21, 2000, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Terri (and Michael) Stanton of Joliet and Vickie (and Matt) Osborn of San Diego; one son, Jimmy.

 

Jim Strube - Peoria, Ill. -D- (1932 - 1996)

1965 Point Champ for Pappy Allen # 16

Also Point Champion for Ray Neltner # 75

 

Jim Maxwell - Canton, Ill. -D- # 29 Studebaker

 

Jim Tobin - Normal Illinois  - D -  Passed on January 28 - 2012

The Passing of Former Stock Car Driver "JIM TOBIN" of Normal Illinois
Hello Race Friends,

I just Got Some Very Sad News that Former Stock Car Driver "Jim Tobin" of Normal Illinois Passed Away Last Night (January 28-2012) while Vacationing in Florida. Jim's Oldest Son Kelly, just sent me a Message of his Passing. Kelly and his Brother Brian and Sister Teresa will be soon heading to Florida to be with their Mom, MaryBeth (Jim's Wife). Will let all know of his Funeral Arrangements when... I hear from the Family.
I Feel so Awfully Sad to hear this as I have been a Friend of Jim's for 42 Years. Jim Helped Me Immensely to get Started in Stock Car Racing back in the 70's.
I am so Happy & Proud that We Inducted Jim into the Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club "Hall of Fame" back in December of 2011. Jim was One of the Greatest People, that I have ever Known. He will be Missed So Much and Always will be Remembered .....
Sincerely,
Scott Shults
Message From the Jim Tobin Family .....

'Celebration of Life' for 'Jim Tobin'
Friday - February 03 - 2012
Visitations ~ 9 to 11 a.m. with Memorial Service at 11 a.m.
Calvary Baptist Church ~ 810 W. School St. ~ Normal Illinois
Everyone Welcome .....

NORMAL ? James Lee Tobin, 69, formerly of Normal, passed away Saturday (Jan. 28, 2012) in Aventura, Fla.

A celebration of life ceremony will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, Normal. A service will follow.

Memorials may be sent to Sunshine Acres Orphanage, Mesa, Ariz.

Born in Chicago on March 30, 1942, a son of Elizabeth McMurray and Bernard Tobin, he married Mary Beth Weakley on July 8, 1961. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Elizabeth Kessinger, Normal; his sister, Ellen (Randy) Paul, Bloomington; his children and their families, Kelly (Dawn) Tobin, Normal; Teresa (John) Blakeney, Carlock; and Brian (Tracy) Tobin, Lexington.

Grandchildren include Aesop Adams; Kyle, Kerrigan and Zinnia Tobin; Tyler and Cooper Blakeney; and Eli, Grace, Gabe and Ellana Tobin. Also surviving are many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Bernard Tobin and Bill Kessinger.

He attended Trinity High School, Normal High School and graduated from Bloomington High School in 1960. He worked various jobs including construction, factory work for Admiral, and delivering pizzas for Ronny?s Pizza which Jim purchased in 1963, only to create the famous Tobin?s Pizza. He owned and operated Tobin?s Pizza for 34 years.

Besides the great tasting pizza, his loyal customers loved his sense of humor, practical jokes and carpeted walls full of pictures, as well as his relationships with them. He believed that his employees and customers were family and he treated them that way.

He raced motorcycles and stock cars locally and advanced to the ARCA and USAC circuits, racing at many tracks across the country including Daytona, Pocono and Texas World Speedway. He continued to enjoy the sport and the people.

He accepted Jesus Christ into his heart in 1979 and attended Agape Fellowship, enjoyed reading the Bible, and later attended Calvary Baptist Church.

He was passionate about his family. He was a great husband, dad and grandpa. His larger than life personality was magnetic and he had a zest for life which he shared with many people along the way. He was a generous man who appreciated the underdogs in life, often choosing to help when other people wouldn?t. He instilled a strong sense of family and closeness in his lifetime that will live on in those of us he left behind. He left us doing what he enjoyed ?spending winters in Florida, playing cards (as long as he was winning) and entertaining friends and family. His heart was bigger than life. His legacy will live on  .....

 

 

 

 Jim Townsend- D - Kewanee Illinois

James Warren Townsend, 72, of Kewanee, died at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at his home.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 1, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Siscoe of  First Baptist Church and the Rev. Jerry Rafalko officiating. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Cremation will follow the services and private family inurnment in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee and scattering in Colorado will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church of Kewanee or Kewanee Hospital Hospice.

 

 Jimmy Hisle - Deer Creek, Ill. -D-  ( 1959 - 2005 ) # 61

Jimmy Hisle

Deer Creek - Jimmy D. Hisle, 45, of 213 Main St. died at 11:50 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2005, at his residence. Born June 26, 1959, in Pekin to James and Nina Flier Hisle, he married Lesley Roberts on June 25, 1999, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Daniel Roberts of Deer Creek; two half sisters, Judy (and Thomas) Lowman of Manito and Connie (and Eugene) Pumphery of Peoria; and one half brother, Danny Hisle of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Jim VanOppen - D - #48

EAST PEORIA - James E. VanOppen, 54, of 206 Court St. died at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.He was born July 13, 1949, in Peoria to Delbert H. and Eileen R. Young VanOppen. Surviving are two sons, Dason and Derick, both of St. Louis; Judy Guymon, with whom he made his home for more than 15 years; her daughter, Cindy Guymon of Morton, whom he helped raise; her son, Shawn Guymon of East Peoria, whom he helped raise.

 

 Joe McBride -P-

Part owner and Promoter of the Peoria Speedway 1975 to 1980

 

 John Connolly  -D- #75 Ford from Delhi, Iowa

Passed in 1981


 John Nuhn - Gulfport Mississippi - Formerly of Peoria - Passed on January 29 - 2015 - Worked for Billy Neal at Peoria Truck Wrecking for Many Years Until Retirement  .....


 John Shannon - D - #73 of Pekin Illinois  ......  Passed on 03/14/2014  .....  Herb Shannon Sr.'s Youngest Son  .....

"JOHN SHANNON" ..... Obituary .....

Peoria, IL ? John E. ?Sluggo? Shannon, 45, of Peoria, passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at his home.
He was born May 17, 1968 in Peoria to Herb and Beverly (Ward) Shannon Sr.
Surviving are his mother and step-father, Beverly (Theron) Bradshaw of Peoria; step-mother, Donna Shannon; son, Jonathon ?JD? Shannon of Pekin; daughter, Alexis Shannon of Pekin; 2 brothers, Herb (Cyndi) Shannon of Peoria, Dan (Sharon) Shannon of ...Idaho; sister, Jenniffer Shannon of Champaign; soul mate, Dena Schorn of Peoria; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended military and motorcycle family. He was preceded in death by his father, Herb Shannon Sr.
He was a member of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club, Peoria Chapter.
John was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving 7 tours of duty in the Middle East before retiring after 26 years of service to his country from the Peoria Air National Guard 182nd Airlift Wing.
He enjoyed stock car racing, riding his Harley Davidson, and was an accomplished pool player.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to A.B.A.T.E. State of Illinois.

 

 Johnny Beauchamp -D- #55 - 1966 Peoria Speedway Point Champion

 

Johnny Coonce - Peoria, Ill. -D- #7  Owner of the "Pit Stop' Tavern on Seibold & Idaho in Peoria with Wife Wanda



Johnny Langford - Pekin Illinois - 1953 Peoria "Mt. Hawley" Speedway Point Champion  .....  Passed on April 16 - 2016 at 92 Years of Age  .....


Johnny O'Laughlin - D - East peoria, Illinois

EAST PEORIA - John D. O'Laughlin, 62, of rural East Peoria passed away at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. He was born Oct. 21, 1946, in Peoria to Michael and Eunice DeRaedt O'Laughlin. He formerly was married to Stephanie L. Montgomery. She survives, of Sunnyland.He also is survived by two sons, Bryan (Dena) O'Laughlin of Bartonville and Kelly (Traci) O'Laughlin of East Peoria; one daughter, Megan O'Laughlin of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren, Connor O'Laughlin, Drew and Chase Burgess, and Reilly and Kelsey O'Laughlin; one brother, James (Jackie) O'Laughlin of Germantown Hills, Ill.; and one sister, Barbara (Ron) Russell of Toledo, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents.John worked in the Logistics Department at Caterpillar Inc., retiring in 2002. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during peacetime. John started the Springfield Junior Blues and Peoria Mustangs Hockey Teams. He was a former drag racer and stock car racer, racing under the name of Johnny O. He was a member of Central Illinois Cruisers Car Club. He was the former owner and operator of Protow Custom Trailers in East Peoria.He attended St. Mary's of Lourdes Catholic Church. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no services, at John's request. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

 

Jonathon Hamilton - Peoria, Ill. -D-

Jonathon E. Hamilton, 19, of 3430 W. Sylvan Lane died at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 1995, at Methodist Medical Center. He was born Aug. 19, 1976, in Peoria to Chuck and Patsy Galvin Hamilton. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Chuck and Sherrie Hamilton of Peoria; his mother and stepfather, Patsy and Ron Butler of Peoria; one stepbrother, Rick Naramore of East Peoria; one stepsister, Kelly Davis of Joliet; and grandmother, Lucy Galvin of Pekin. He was a 1994 graduate of Richwoods High School  ....

 Kenneth Edward Headley - Fairbury Illinois - D -

FAIRBURY - Kenneth Edward Headley, 76, a Fairbury native, died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 21, 2005)

Hello there,
My name is J headley and i stumbled upon your website featuring old timers. I am wondering if you know of Hoffer's Death Valley Track? I have a article(s) from the newspaper concerning my grandfather Kenneth E. Headley who raced there back in 49-51 i believe. he wrote a book and we have some cd's with video of him telling stories of racing. My great-grandmother kept every newspaper clipping and any other memorabilia she could get that included my grandpa. I know he raced in Peoria as well as Fairbury (where we are from) and that he was GOOD! i have a few of his trophies from back in the day. anyway i was wondering if it would be possible to include a part of his legacy in your website. I would like to learn more about some of the people over there to know if he raced with them. He was 21 years old when he shattered the track record at the above mentioned track. This would have been on Sunday, Sept. 30th 1949. I believe that Peoria track was purchased in 1950 although i am not sure and i cannot find any information on Hoffers which leads me to assume that it is possibly the old Hoffer track and the name changed when purchased.(????????) I hope that you can shed some light on the subject for me and i look forward to hearing from you. I have a copy of my g-pa's book that has a whole section dedicated to racing. if you are into old school racing, there is an abundance of pics and stories in there with a lot of people from Peoria area included. i believe the library in town has a copy as well that can be checked out. I hope this finds you well and i appreciate your site and interest in old timers.
Sincerely,
J Headley

 

 

 

 

 

Kenny Parrott - Pekin, Il. -D- # 305 1951

 

Kenny "Buck" Smith - Peoria, Ill. - D -

# 69 Modified

 

PEORIA - W. Kenny "Buck" Smith, 38, of Peoria died at 2:25 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2007, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Sept. 12, 1968, in Peoria to William H. and Wanda L. (Guinn) Smith. He married Carla Vecera on Oct. 17, 1998, in Bartonville. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Wanda (Robert) Bailey of Bloomington; one daughter, Jennifer Smith of Peoria; two sisters, Terry Wills of Murphysboro, Tenn., and Mary Bailey of Bloomington, Ill.; three grandchildren, Courtney, Kaitlyn and Emily Smith, all of Peoria; and his mother-in-law, Carol Vecera of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Patricia Smith. He was a sportsman and was self-employed as an auto mechanic. Cremation will be accorded. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. A memorial luncheon will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at the Limestone American Legion Post 979. Memorials may be made to the Kenny "Buck" Smith family memorial fund at Bartonville Bank.

 

 Kenny Sparks - Peoria, Ill. -D- (1941 - 2005) # 29

Kenneth Sparks

East Peoria - Kenneth William "Sparky" Sparks, 64, of East Peoria died at 11:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2005. Born Jan. 15, 1941, in Peoria to William and Shirley Moran Sparks, he married Janet Kaeb on Aug. 27, 1960, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are his mother of Peoria; one daughter, Lynn (and Scott) Bosecker of Mapleton; one son, Jay (and Jill Guldan) of Washington; six sisters, Becky (and Jim) Trockur of Rushville, Barbara Berry of Houston, Judith of Peoria 

 

Larry Armentrout - Sheffield, Ill. -D-  Raced at Mt. Hawley Speedway in 1963 & 1964  ...

 

Larry Paulen - Peoria, Ill. -D-

 

Lee Lasley - Springfield, Ill. -D-

 

Leo Schuck - East Peoria Illinois - PC - Leo was a Pit Crew Member for LeRoy Bauman # 30 back in the 1970's  .....

Leonard Dunn - Sheffield, Ill. -DO-

 

LeRoy Bauman - East Peoria, Ill. -D- Passed 2004 - # 30

Obituary of Oliver Leroy Bauman
Peoria Journal Star, March 9, 2003, Page: B06
Oliver Bauman
FAIRVIEW - Oliver Leroy Bauman, 62, of 75 East St. died at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, at his residence.
Born March 13, 1940, in Fairview to Charles Willard and Iva Lee Robinson Bauman, he married Clarsice M. Trone on Oct. 5, 1958, in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert Sr. (and Melissa) and Charles, both of Fairview; three daughters, Rebecca (and Garry) Swibold and Lee Ann Bauman, both of Fairview, and Lisa (and Robert) Laird of Dudley, N.C.; two brothers, Willard (and Sheryl) of Canton and Lionel (and Sharon) of Peoria; one sister, Phyliss Shearer of Denver; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, one brother, one sister and one half-sister.
He was a meat cutter in the Peoria area for several years and worked as a wholesale grocery meat director for Loda Poultry Co. in Loda.
He owned and operated Butcher Block Meats and Grocery.
He was a member of Frank N. Nichol 1170 Masonic Lodge, AF&AM, in Creve Coeur and the AASR Valley of Quincy Consistory.
He was an avid stock car racer at the Peoria and Spoon River speedways.
He was a member of Marquette Heights Baptist Church in Marquette Heights.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. The Revs. Tom Cox, Don Smith and Garry Gunther will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery in Fiatt.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Foundation.

 

Les Adams - D - Born October 17, 1931 & Passed June 28, 2006

 

Les 'Tiger' Snow - Bloomington, Ill. -D-

Born : September 20, 1925 - Passed on March 14, 1987 at Home in Bloomington.

Peoria Speedway Stock Car Point Champ in 1950, 1951 & 1952

34 Career A.R.C.A. Race Wins 1956 thru 1970 (Automobile Racing Club of America)

7 Career U.S.A.C. Stock Car Wins (United States Auto Club)

Ended Racing Career in 1971 after injury at Winchester, Indiana A.S.A. Event

Loren "Kookie" Wetsel - Princeton Illinois - D - 1945 to 2016  .....

PRINCETON — Loren “Kookie” Wetsel, 71, of Princeton passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre in Princeton.

He was born Jan. 7, 1945, to Willis Orin and Daisy Viola (Taylor) Wetsel in Nevada, Mo. He married Paula Janes on Sept. 7, 1968, at the Ohio Methodist Church.

Kookie graduated from Bradford High School in 1962. He was a union laborer. He enjoyed stock car racing and spending time in the garage. He was inducted into the Peoria Old Timer’s Racing Club.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; two sons, Steve (Lora) Wetsel and Gary (Nichole) Wetsel; and five grandchildren, Jordan, Ryan, Dillon, Austin and Taylor.

Kookie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Frank.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later time. Cremation has been accorded.

Memorials may be directed to the family.



Lyle Gale - D - Lyle Drove Stock Cars back in the 1950's at PEORIA (Mt. Hawley) Speedway

Lyle R. Gale, 82, of Green Valley, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at his residence. He was born June 14, 1929, in Jackson County, Ill., to Daniel and Viola Meade Gale. He married Mary L. Davis on Dec. 29, 1958, in Springfield. She survives. Also surviving are a step-son, George A. (Mary Jane) Eitenmiller of Mackinaw; daughter, Barbara (Ronald) Clark of Pekin; son, Richard (Julie) Gale of Green Valley; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Kay Ticer of Marion, and Belva (Kenny) Shields of Belleville. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Lyle worked for Caterpillar as a welder for 35 ? years before retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where he was an usher for 10 years. He enjoyed riding and showing his horses and was an avid hunter. Private family services will take place. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin. Funeral arrangements are by Abts Mortuary in Pekin

 

Lloyd Caldwell - Lincoln, Ill. -D- ( 11/08/1925 - 08/07/2004 ) # 72

Lloyd Caldwell Jr.  

Lloyd Caldwell, Jr., 78, of Bradenton,Florida died August 7, 2004. Born November 2, 1925, in Lincoln, Ill., he moved to Bradenton in 1992 from Sarasota where he had lived since 1972. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bradenton. He was in the Merchant Marines for 4 years. He was manager of Promenade Condo from 1992 to 2003. He is survived by his wife Treece, son John of Riverton, Ill., daughters Jane Brewer of Santa Fe, N.M., Ann Yocum of Chatham, Ill. and Chris Elam of Riverton, Ill. and six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 10 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes 43rd St. Chapel 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 11 at First Baptist Church of Bradenton 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Ministry.

 

 

 Lloyd Ewing - Kewanee, Ill. -D- (1930 - 2005) Flagman at Peoria Speedway

 KEWANEE - Lloyd W. Ewing Jr., 74, of Kewanee died at 7:48 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2005, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born July 24, 1930, in Davenport, Iowa, to Lloyd W. Sr. and Edna Richter Ewing. Surviving are one son, Steve (and Darla) of Lafayette; three grandchildren; and Georgia Conner, with whom he made his home. He was a salesman for Sieg Co. and later was a partner in Kewanee Auto Supply. In 1971, he purchased Ann's Inn, later renamed

 

 Louie Crooks - Pekin, Ill. -D- # 3 & # 49

Was a Stunt Driver for 'Lucky Lott' Thrill Show of Pekin Illinois 1940's to 1950's

 

 Louis 'Rocky' Nohl - Morton, Ill. -D- # 4

 

 Lou Weller - East Peoria, Ill. -CO- Reggie Wellers Father

 

 Lyle LaMaster #63 Washington Illinois - D - Born on 03/31/1930 and Passed on 12/01/1973

 

 Maxie Myers - Peoria. Ill. - Spectator - Passed 07/29/1951

Fatally Injured at Peoria Speedway on July 29, 1951. Both Maxie & his Aunt Nellie were struck by a loose tire & wheel that went over the retaining fence while sitting in the Back-stretch Bleachers

 Michael W. Talyor (Mike) - Pekin Illinois - Born on 11/09/1951 and Passed on 08/25/2013


 Nellie Myers - Peoria, Ill. - Spectator - Passed 07/29/1951

Nellie and her Nephew Maxie was Fatally Injured at Peoria Speedway on July 29, 1951 struck by a loose tire & wheel that went over the retaining fence while sitting in the Back-stretch Bleachers

 

 Paul Lewis - Peoria Heights, Ill. -D- # 4

PAUL LEWIS

PEORIA HEIGHTS - PaulArthur Lewis, 63, of Peoria Heights died at 1:57 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born Nov. 18, 1936, in Peoria to Donald P. and Lillian Linnier Lewis, he married Harriet Gleason on Nov. 2, 1958, in Peoria Heights. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Jerry (and Janet) of St. Charles, Mo., and Mike (and Sue) of Peoria Heights; one daughter, Shari (and Scott) Favorite of Peoria Heights; one brother, Robert of Peoria

 

 Paul Liebbe - Davenport, Iowa -A-

Peoria Speedway Annoucer 1967 to 1974

 

 Paul Schertz - Peoria, Ill. -D-

 

Penny Harris - Bartonville Illinois - Powder Puff Driver and Wife of the Late Scotty Harris #77  .... Both Penny & Scotty were 1998 Inductees of the Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club "Hall of Fame" ...  Penny was the 1966 Powder Puff "Driver of the Year at Peoria Speedway  .....

BARTONVILLE ~ Penny Harris, 66, of Bartonville, passed away at 6:58 a.m., Sunday, December 11, 2011 at her home. Born November 6, 1945 in Peoria to Roscoe and Vaynor (Gregory) Creek, she married Scott Harris on December 29, 1961 in Peoria. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990; her parents; and 2 brothers, Kenneth and Bobby Creek. Surviving are 1 daughter, Jill Harris and 1 son, Scottie Harris, both of Bartonville; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She and her husband together owned and operated several businesses including Peoria Muffler, Harris Auto Body, Drift Inn Supper Club in Trivoli and Harris Auto Salvage for over 30 years. She worked for Illini Bluffs School District in the cafeteria from 1999 to 2011. She enjoyed many years of dirt track auto racing with her husband and children and attending Nascar Sprint Cup races. She was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Her family will forever be grateful for the love and devotion of her ?sister? angels, Donna Harris and Trudy Heitzman, especially during her illness. Penny was a member of Creve Coeur Christian Church. She was a member of the Pekin chapter of the Delphi sorority.  Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where a memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2011. Rev. John Plunkett will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial of cremated remains will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in rural Mapleton. Memorial contributions may be made to Creve Coeur Christian Church, 101 S. Thorncrest Ave., Creve Coeur, IL 61610

 

 Pete Mc Intosh - East Peoria, Ill. -D- #5 Stock Car Driver at Mt. Hawley Speedway   .....  10/03/1934 to  03/08/2013

Obituary ..... East Peoria ? Frankie H. ?Pete? McIntosh, 78, of East Peoria, died at 3:09 AM on Friday March 8, 2013 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born October 3, 1934 in Granite City, IL to Cornell and Nancy Chapman McIntosh. He married Amanda L. Boucher on February 14, 2010 in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are seven children; Shelia (Jim) Ewell of Pekin, Penny (Brad) Rodgers of Peoria Heights, Nancy McIntosh of El Paso, Jeff (Lisa) McIntosh of Chicago, Gary (Linda) McIntosh of Peoria Heights, Bryan (Donna) McIntosh of Washington , Phillip (Theresa) McIntosh of Peoria , two step-sons; Blaine and Eric Reichard of East Peoria, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchil...dren and one sister; Rosie (Bill) Brown of St. Louis and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife Janita in August of 2009, his parents, four brothers and three sisters. He was a US Marine, serving during the Korean War era. Pete worked 25 years for Peoria Blacktop. He also owned and operated Mac?s New Place in Spring Bay and D & O Mini Storage in Spring Bay. He loved NASCAR. It was his life and he was a huge Dale Earnhardt fan. There will be a funeral for Pete on Tuesday March 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

 Phil Rakestraw - D - Spring Lake - Pekin, Illinois - Deer Park Texas

Drove Stock Cars in the Late 40's to Early 50's

Born June 16-1925 and Passed on December 17-1991

Was Also a Stunt Driver for the 'Lucky Lott' Hell Drivers Thrill Show of Pekin Illinois

 Stunt Drivers of the 'Lucky Lott Hell Drivers' Thrill Show of Pekin Illinois in the 1930's to 1950's Started by Brothers Neal & Lee Lott of Pekin ....
The Thrill Show Based Out of Pekin Illinois Owned by Lee Lott Featured Autos Furnished by the Nash Motor Co. / Brother Neal also Ran a Version of the Thrill Show Using Fords in Canada ......
Photo Below Left to Right :
Phil Rakestraw of Pekin / Johnny Langford of Pekin / Nifty Fargo of Vero Beach Florida / Lou Crooks of Pekin .....
Johnny Langford was the 1953 Stock Car Point Champ at Peoria (Mt. Hawley) Speedway .....
Phil Rakestraw & Lou Crooks Drove My Dad & Grandpa's Stock Cars in the Early 50's around Central Illinois Tracks Promoted by "Port's Promotions" .....

 

 Porky Jansen - Peoria -M- Pit Crew Member for The Late Jim Baker

 

 'Port' Emerel Defraties - 07/23/1905 to 08/16/1972

Springfield, Ill. -P-

Port's Promotions - 430 Reisch Building - Springfield Illinois

Attempted Indy '500' in 1940 - But, Did Not Qualify

Peoria Speedway Promoter 1950 to 1952 ( Port's Promotions )Also Promoted - Farmer City Speedway, Bushnell Speedway, Litchfield Sports Arena Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, Knoxville Atomic Speedway, Macomb Speedway,Springfield Speedway, Fairbury A.L. Speedway, Augusta Speedway,Kankakee Speedway, Canton Speedway

 

 Ralph McAvoy - D - Pekin Ill.

 

 Ralph Nash - Pekin, Ill. -D- # 305

 Ray "Tiger" C. Black - D -
Ray C. "Tiger" Black, 83, Colchester, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Nov. 12, 2000, at the Morton Terrace Nursing Home in Morton.
He was born May 17, 1917, in Sciota to William Keller and Eliza Ellen Helton Black. He married Margaret A. Lescallett on Nov. 19, 1944, in Macomb; she survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Allen Black, Monmouth, and Gary (Therese) Black, New Lenox; one daughter, Jamie (Ralph) Stone, Mackinaw; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Margaret DeCamp, Chenoa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bert Black; and four sisters, Myrtle Britton, Ava Flynn, Beulah Titus and Lillie Larner.
Ray served in the National Guard from 1937-1940 and then in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945. He was a Golden Gloves boxing champion in 1936 and was a boxing instructor in the National Guard; he also boxed in the Navy. He was active with the local youth boxing association for several years. He was a charter member of the Illinois Sheriffs Association, a life member of American Legion Post #6 and VFW Post 1921. He raced stock cars for nine years and was a volunteer at Macomb Speedway for several years. He served as a Macomb Police Officer for a short time and briefly worked for King Seeley in Macomb. He owned and operated Black Transfer for 69 years. He attended the First Christian Church of Macomb. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, with Pastor Frederick Larner officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

 

 Ray DeMoss - Radio Announcer

BARTONVILLE - Ray DeMoss, 53, of 5136 W. Cisna Road died at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Rose Garden Care Center in Peoria Heights. Born Oct. 23, 1948, in Peoria to Albert Ray Sr. and Mary Kaurinas DeMoss, he married Patricia Dowds on June 5, 1989, in Denver. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Dustin (and Keirsten) of Brimfield; two daughters, Amy (and Jack) Bushard of Peoria and Jessica DeMoss at home; one stepson, Joshua Dunbar of Peoria; one stepdaughter, Jamie Dowds

 

Ray Fengel - Canton, Ill. -D- Drove Coupes at Peoria "Mt. Hawley" Speedway

Won 300 Lap Race at Peoria Speedway in 1950

Born: 12 Jul 1929, Near Canton, Fulton, IL

Marriage: Virginia Annamae RUEY on 16 Oct 1970 in Monterey Methodist Church, Monterery, Fulton, IL

Died: 17 May 1977, Canton, Fulton, IL at age 47

Buried: 20 May 1977, Greenwood CemRaymond

 Ray Guss Sr. - Coal Valley Illinois - D- #12 & #75 Late Model

Raymond C. Guss, Sr., 73, of Calhoun, Georgia, formerly of Coal Valley, Illinois, passed on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at his home, with his wife of 54 years, Margaret, by his side.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday in the Celebration of Life Chapel at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Coal Valley. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to the family toward a future memorial. Ray was born on February 28, 1940, in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Robert Sr. & Leona Ostrand Guss. Following retirement from Case IH, Ray moved to Calhoun. He raced late model stock cars successfully for many years and continued to be a mentor to his son, Ray Jr.?s racing career. He thoroughly enjoyed restoring old cars and nothing was a challenge for him. He loved conversation about his hobby and was always willing to share photos of his talented work.  Surviving are his wife, Margaret; son and daughter-in-law, Ray, Jr. and Julie Guss of Milan, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jim Smith of Calhoun; grandsons, Jason, Evan and Adam Guss; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Jr. and Deanna Guss of Moline, and Alan and Donna Guss of East Moline; sisters and brother-in-law, Barb Allen of Coal Valley and Annette and Earl Anderson of Moline; mother-in-law, Delores Ghys of Coal Valley; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty and Dick Welsh of Colona. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Guss; sister-in-law, Lola Guss; brother-in-law, Laverne Allen; and father-in-law, Frank Ghys. etery, Canton, Fulton, IL

 

 Ray Neltner Sr. - Peoria, Ill. -O- (1932 - 2003)

Jim Strube - Ray Guss Sr. & Ray Guss Jr. Won Numerous Point Championships in Rays # 75

Raymond Neltner Sr.

PEORIA - Raymond V. Neltner Sr., 71, of 2412 W. Malone died at 1:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2003, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Born Feb. 14, 1932, in Peoria to Joseph and Edna McMillan Neltner, he married Beverly J. Pryor on June 18, 1955, in Peoria. She died Aug. 29, 1997. He also was preceded in death by two brothers. Surviving are two sons, Raymond Jr. (and Michele) and Randal, both of Peoria; one daughter, Raenel (and Robert) Wilson of London Mills; two sisters, Betty Humes

 

 Red Griffin - Bloomington, Ill. -D- Passed 2005

Rocky Griffins Dad

 

Rich Denney  - Race Fan

East Peoria - Rich A. Denney, 71, of East Peoria died at 5:29 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on July 6, 1934, in East Peoria, Ill., to Fred and Bessie Frances Hammond Denney, Sr. He married Lois St. Clair in April of 1957 in Peoria. She preceded him in death in November of 1997. Surviving are two sons, David (Marcia) Denney of Peoria Heights and Steven Denney of Minneapolis, Minn.; four brothers, Fred (Joanne) Denney of Knoxville, Tenn.,

 

 Richard Reeder - O - Gerry Reeder Sr's Dad & Larry Reeder Sr.s & Kenny Reeders Dad

 

Robert Salazaar - ( 1951 - 2005 )

Robert Salazar  - Peoria Speedway Front Gate Ticket Taker for Chuck & Sherrie Hamilton

PEORIA - Robert Salazar, 52, of 1032 N. Emily Place died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2005, at his residence. Born Aug. 26, 1952, in Modesto, Calif., to Manuel and Sara Rosario Blanco Salazar, he married Cindy R. Elgin on April 25, 1987, in Lake Tahoe, Nev. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Angela (and Cory) Stowell of Delavan; one son, Rick Lockwood of Illinois; two sisters, Josie (and Fernando) Gonzalez and Eva Ford, both of Modesto, Calif.; two brothers

 

 Robert Speck - D - Born 1936 - Passed 1998

NORTH PEKIN -- Robert Lee Speck, 61, of 14 Glen Lane, formerly of Tremont and Groveland, died at 2:08 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital. Born April 30, 1936, in Metamora to John Henry and Violet Myrtle Bohlander Speck, he married Delores N.G. Stolt on Aug. 30, 1969, in Pekin. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Darrel and Dale, both of North Pekin, and Dennis of Kingston Mines; one daughter, Lannette Speck of Kingston Mines; three sisters.

 

Rocky Collins - Peoria, Ill. -D- # 14

 

Roger Darling - Peoria, Illinois -D-

 

Roger Noll ~ #93 (D) Passed on June 19 - 1998 .....

 

Ron DeLap - Metamora, Ill. -D-

 

Ronald Graham - CO - (1939 - 2006)

PEORIA - Ronald G. "Ron" Graham Sr., 66, of Peoria died at 2:44 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Born Oct. 19, 1939, in Peoria, he was raised by his stepfather and mother, Irwin Bud and Leota Dorothy Anderson Kirste. He married Dianna L. Miller on Sept. 4, 1964, in Peoria. She died Nov. 10, 1992, in Bellevue. He later married Diane Harris on April 17, 1999, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are his mother of Peoria

Ronald "Ron" Woodford - Malden, Illinois - PC - 06/22/1950 to 01/04/2010

Ron was a Pit Crew Member of Loren "Kookie" Wetsel's Race Team of Princeton Illinois & a Stock Car Sign Painter   

MALDEN - Ronald "Ron" Woodford, age 59, of Malden died at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, Ariz., surrounded by his family. He was born in Peoria on June 22, 1950, to Charles E. and Eva Swanson Woodford. He married Janice Hamm Hoffman on July 7, 1996. Ron is survived by his wife; three daughters, Stacy (Brent) Dykstra of Kewanee, Rhonda (Jim) VanDeVoorde of Aurora and Jodi (Dan) Saletzki of Tiskilwa; two stepsons, Craig (Katrina) Hoffman of Princeton and Kevin Hoffman of Malden; one stepdaughter, Stacey (Scott) Mecum of Kasbeer; 12 grandchildren, Drew, Reese and Chase Dykstra, Nick, Alec and Kylee VanDeVoorde, Kayla, Avery, Carter and Danica Saletzki, Kristina Hoffman and Mackenzie Hoffman; one sister, Joy (Walt) Anderson of Peoria; sister-in-law, Pat Woodford of Bradford; mother-in-law, Nora Hamm of Princeton; and his beloved bulldog, Dozer.He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leon Woodford.Ron and Janice owned and operated the Feed Store restaurant and Hawg House motorcycle shop in Malden. They enjoyed their winters vacationing in Arizona and riding their Road Kings together. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton, with Pastor Heath Beard officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton. Cremation rites will be accorded after services, with a burial at a later date.

 

Ron Schooley - "Rocket Ron" of Rocket Tire Service in Peoria

 

Ronnie Weedon - Pleasant Valley, Iowa -D- Passed 2005 - # 00

Illinois State Champion at Peoria Speedway in 1973 and 1976

 

Rosey Roseman - Driver - Winner of the 1957 "Illinois State Championship" Race at Peoria (Mt. Hawley) Speedway

Rosey" Kenneth Wayne RosemanPosted: Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
CLINTON- Kenneth Wayne ?Rosey? Roseman, age 80, of Clinton, passed away at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur at 9:32 a.m. on May 10, 2009. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Calvert Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Kenneth Wayne was born in Clinton on March 22, 1929 a son of Theadore Roseman and Eleanor Foster.Survivors include: four children Tommy Roseman of Lincoln; Annie Davis of Decatur; Connie Query of Richmond, VA; and Sue Mitchell of Clinton;
Six brothers and sisters, Betty Kyle of Clinton; Norma Rich of Clinton; Mary Burton of Clinton; Jerry Roseman of Decatur; Sally Wellman of Fla.; and Ted Roseman of Clinton;  Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His parents, one son Terry Roseman and one sister preceded him in death.
Rosey was retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company in Decatur. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

 

Ross Mandrell  - D -

MORTON - Ross C. Mandrell, 48, of 15418 Rosa Trail in San Antonio, formerly of Morton, died at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at University Hospital in San Antonio. He was born Dec. 16, 1956, in Peoria to Kenneth E. and Sharon L. Ross Mandrell. Surviving are his mother of Morton; three sisters, Kendra (and Gerald) Briggs of Peoria, Wanda (and Ronald) Severtson of Tremont and Twyla (and David) Rainey of Tuscola; two brothers, Kevin of San Antonio and Scott of Morton; one daughter, Amber

 

Rudy Hoerr - Peoria Illinois -  Stock Car Owner at Peoria (mt. Hawley) Speedway for Herb Shannon & Lloyd Caldwell and Owner of USAC Stock Cars in the 60's & 70's with Drivers Al Unser & Billy Scott & More  .....  Bituaty Below Photo  .....

 Abive Photo  -   Rudy Hoerr and Lloyd Caldwell #6 - 1957 Chevrolet at Peoria (Mt. Hawley) Speedway in 1958

Peoria ? Rudy Hoerr, 91, of Peoria, died at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at his residence. He was born May 9, 1921, in Milford, Indiana, to David A. and Rose Y. Yoder Hoerr. He married Annie Tyrrell on December 13, 1941, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on November 12, 2001, in Sycamore, Illinois. He is also preceded in death by two brothers. He is survived by his children, Linda (Michael) Gardiner, of East Peoria, Irvin (Cheryl) Hoerr of South Padre Island, Texas, Scott (Karen) Hoerr of Seffner, Florida; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Carl (Evelyn) Hoerr of Peoria, Jim (Virginia) Hoerr of Peoria, John (Dorothy) Hoerr of Edwards, George Hoerr of Brimfield; his sisters, Marie (Reuben) Huber of Peoria, Mildred (Art) Moser of Peoria, Florence (Tom) Barkley of Peoria, Eloise Meister of Peoria as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army Air Corps, the United States Air Force, and was a charter member of the Illinois Air National Guard, 169th Fighter Squadron, retiring as a Lt. Colonel, after many years of service to his nation. He and his brothers, Jim and John, were co-owners of D. A. Hoerr & Sons Landscaping in Peoria. He and his wife Annie, formed R/A Hoerr, Inc., an automobile racing company which is now Hoerr Racing Products. He and Annie were both inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of USAC, the United States Automobile Club. He was the first president of the Richwoods School Board.Rudy was a member of Peoria Apostolic Christian Church, where services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2012. The church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday November 23, at the Wilton Mortuary in Peoria, and from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., Saturday morning at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

 

RUSS EWOLDT  .....  Russ Owned the # 57 Cars that Don Bohlander Drove in the 60's & 70's

Russell Charles Ewoldt

December, 21, 2008  DAVENPORT ? Russell Charles Ewoldt, 78, of Davenport passed away Friday, December 19, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center West Campus, Davenport. Funeral services are Tuesday, December 23, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. at the Runge Mortuary. Visitation is from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family.
Russell was born on June 30, 1930, in New Liberty, Iowa, the son of Charles F. and Margaret (Rohlfs) Ewoldt. He was united in marriage to Carol Breckling on January 14, 1956, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Davenport. Russell was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Korea. Russell worked at Farmall for 22 years retiring in 1985. After retirement he worked for Builders Cement in Davenport for several years. Russell's passion was stock car racing. He raced and owned cars from 1960 until 1973 and was an avid NASCAR fan until the end.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Rita (Paul) Schroeder; granddaughter, Ashley Wiechman; sister, Henrietta (Robert) Poppe; sister-in-law, Karen (Robert) Spring; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Russell Porter   - O - 

Part Owner of Peoria Speedway 1980 to 1990

PEORIA - Russell E. Porter, 88, of Peoria died at 9:47 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at Proctor Hospital. Born Sept. 28, 1914, in Peoria to William H. and Charlotte D. House Porter, he married Marjorie V. Finnegan on Nov. 24, 1939 in St. Louis. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Carol (and Dave) Lowery of Hanna City and Judith (and Rod) Wand of Morton; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and three infant granddaughters.

 

Ruthanne Thompson  - Pit-Shack Worker

EDWARDS - Ruthanne Thompson, 68, of Edwards passed away at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at Morton Terrace in Morton. She was born on March 3, 1938, to L. E. Army and Arnola (Stone) Armstrong in Bloomington, Ill. She married Donald L. Thompson on April 9, 1958, in Princeton, Ill. He survives. Also surviving are her mother, Arnola Armstrong; three sons, Larry (Mary) Thompson of Bourbonnais, Ill., and Bill Thompson and John (Janet) Thompson, both of Edwards; one daughter, Susan (Kevin)

 

Sammy Felicia - Ticket Taker at Peoria(Mt. Hawley) Speedway for Many Years

 

Sam Mahoney - Spring Bay Illinois - Reporter - NearBy NiteLife Publications

Passed on Saturday - March 26, 2011 at his residence in Spring Bay Illinois

Was a 30 Year Friend of the Peoria Oldtimers Racing Club

 

Scotty Harris - Mapleton. Ill. -D- # 77

 

Shari Roark Chumney - Peoria Speedway Fan - Passed August of 2009

 

 Shorty Bennett - D - Moline Illinois - #35 Finished 2nd in Point Standings in 1964 (Mt. Hawley)

MOLINE ? Vernon ?Shorty? L. Bennett, 82, of Moline, died Sunday, August 29, 2010, at Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 3, 2010, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation will be today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Estates, Moline. Memorials may be made to his family.
Shorty was born December 5, 1927, in Plano, Iowa, to George E. and Bessie M. Elder Bennett. He married Connie Brown on June 16, 1956, in East Moline.
Shorty was employed as a truck driver with Oscar Mayer for 30 years retiring in 1982. He was then employed by various other companies as a truck driver but was currently a self employed driver for local car dealerships.
Shorty was a World War II Army Veteran and was a member of the Moline American Legion Post #246. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Shorty was a very well known stock car racer throughout the mid-west for over 24 years and was a member of three stock car halls of fame.
Survivors include his wife, Connie, Moline; four children, Danny (Denise) Bennett, Silvis, Greg (Jacki) Bennett, Moline, Brenda (Scott) Schaefer, Davenport, and Todd (Terri) Bennett, Rapids City, Ill.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister Lorene Stroud, Bettendorf.
Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and three brothers.

 

Shorty Kalkwarf - Minonk, Illinois - D - # 11

Gene Kalkwarf

MINONK - Gene A. "Shorty" Kalkwarf, 69, of 635 E. Sixth St., Minonk, passed away at 5:28 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Minonk. Pastor Craig Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Petri Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Flanagan. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk and one hour prior to services at his church. Shorty was born Jan. 11, 1938, at Flanagan, a son of Henry and Bertha Flohr Kalkwarf. He married Barbara Ehresman on Sept. 21, 1958, at Salem Mennonite Church in rural Gridley. She survives Other survivors include a daughter, Sharie (Bob) Hansen of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two sons, Terry (Jane) Kalkwarf and Larry (Nikki) Kalkwarf, both of Minonk; two sisters, Joan (David) Seifert of Michigan City, Ind., and Jane (William) Diaz of Pontiac; five grandchildren, Matt (Valerie) Kalkwarf, Brianna Kalkwarf, Jayden Kalkwarf, Danielle Kalkwarf and James Kalkwarf. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Minonk. He served on the board and was a member of Tall Oaks Country Club in Toluca. He was previously the owner of Shorty's Soil Service and had worked at Burroughs Ag Service, Stoller Implement and lastly Uftring Automotive in Minonk. He also was the owner and operator of Shorty's Signs.Shorty was an avid stock car driver and fan. After many years of racing himself, he taught others the sport. He was an avid fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr., the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed golfing in Illinois and Florida and spending time with his family and many friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. .

 

 

Shorty Ken Stegmeier - Peoria, Ill. -D- PC-

Pitted for Chuck Strube for Many Years

 

Stanley Musgrave - Peoria Illinois -D- Passed on Aug

9/10/1958 - 8/24/2012
Norwood, Illinois

Stanley Musgrave Jr.
Norwood - Stanley J. ?Buster? Musgrave Jr., 53, of Norwood, died at 11:12 a.m. Friday August 24, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born on September 10, 1958 in Peoria to Stanley Joe and Rae Jeanne (Guillams) Musgrave.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his father of Elmwood, daughter Samantha Musgrave-Renfrow of Atlanta, IL, sister Emily (Cliff) Welker of Farmington and brother Kenny of Elmwood. He also had two beloved pets, Sampson and Tigger.
Stan loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, stock car racing and his ?Harley? motorcycle. Hunting with his buddies, especially at their cabin on the Mississipi river was his passion. He was already making plans for the new season this fall.
Stan followed his dad?s footsteps by working as an auto mechanic most of his working years. He was hired by Komatsu American Corp. in June of 2012. He loved his new job. He had an instant bond with his co-workers. He also was a U.S. Army veteran.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 29 at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood, where visitation will be held two hours prior. Rev. Dennis Fitzgerald will officiate.
Burial will be at Elmwoood Cemetery in Elmwood.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor?s choice.
Online condolences may be posted at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com

 

Stan Swearingen - Bloomington Illinois

BLOOMINGTON - Stanley Swearingen, 78, Bloomington, died at 11:18p.m. Thursday (Jan. 6, 2011) at Heartland Health Care, Normal.  His memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert &Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Chad Sparksofficiating. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the memorialhome.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American CancerSociety.  He was born March 4, 1932, at McLean, son of Thomas and AdelineCornelius Swearingen. He married Pat Wittmis on Oct. 18, 1959, atBloomington. Pat survives.  Also surviving are three sons, Mark Swearingen, Champaign; and BradSwearingen and Kent Swearingen, both of Bloomington; onegranddaughter, Danielle Marie Swearingen; and two sisters, EllenCarpenter and Marilyn Geskey, both of Bloomington.  He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and twosisters.  Stanley was a U.S. Army veteran. He was retired from Nicor Gasafter 30-plus years of service. He was an avid stock car andCardinals baseball fan.  Online condolences may be submitted from www.calvertmemorial.com.

 

Steve Ament - Peoria Ill. - Owner of #69 Modified that Kenny 'Buck' Smith Drove  .....

Steve & Janee Ament Owners of "Reliable Automotive" in West Peoria Owned the #69 Modified at Peoria Speedway that the Late Kenny 'Buck" Smith Drove in the Early 90's ..... (Chuck Taylor's Old #69 Modified)...

PEORIA - Steven L. Ament, age 66, of Peoria passed away at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at his residence. He was born July 25, 1947, in Yorkville, Ill., to John "Bob" and Louise (Bornemeier) Ament. He married Janie (Hamby) on June 24, 1999, in Peoria. She survives, along with one son, Steve (Dawn) Ament of College Station, Texas; one daughter, Wendy (Shawn) Hale of Brimfield; and five grandchildren, Tristan and Audrey, both of College Station, Texas, and Brandon, Gavin and Autumn, all of Brimfield. He was preceded in death by his parents. Steve graduated from Yorkville High School in 1965 and from the University of Illinois in 1969. Steven began his career with Caterpillar Inc. within the Engines Division, serving in positions of increasing responsibility within U.S. and overseas markets throughout his career. He retired from Caterpillar following 30 years of faithful service. Steven has most recently been employed by Morton Supplies (of Morton, Illinois). He immensely enjoyed working on and restoring automobiles, was an avid motorsports fan, and enjoyed volunteering at the South Side Mission during holidays. Steve was an avid pool player, playing in several Peoria area pool leagues. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be made to the South Side Mission at 1127 S. Laramie St., Peoria, Ill.

 

Steve Maxheimer - Morton, Ill. -D- # 43 Camaro

 

Swede Gailliert - Peoria, Illinois - Flagman - (1926 to 2007)

Former Flagman at Peoria Speedway, Springfields Speedway and many other

Tracks in Illinois & Missouri.  Leaves Behind Wife Marlene in Peoria.

 

Tom Callaer - Peoria Illinois -D- Passed 2005

 

Tom Dozard - Creve Coeur Illinois -D-

 

Tony Turk - Pekin, Ill. -C O-
 
Owner of Turk Alignment Company in Pekin Illinois
Owned Coupes Numbered  57 - 157 - 257 - 357 - 457 - 557 in the 1950's
 

 Veral Boken - Peoria, Ill. -D-  ( 03/21/1928 - 10/07/1964 ) # 16

 

 Walter Rockhold - O - Pekin, Ill. - Manny Rockholds Dad

 

 Vance Goujon - D -

 
Wally Satterfield - Elmwood Illinois -  Passed on June 15 of 2012  ......
IMCA Stock Car Owner in the 1950's & 60's for Driver Johnny Beauchamp  .....

ELMWOOD - Wallace B. Satterfield, 84, of Elmwood passed away at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at his home.

He was born on July 1, 1927, in Keokuk, IA, to Frank and Cecile (Loeffler) Satterfield. He married Kathy Metz on July 24, 1948, in Peoria, IL. She survives.

He was a loving father to his four surviving children Larry (Sue) Satterfield of Brimfield, Betty (Doug) Dean of Dunlap, Tom (Nancy) Satterfield of Brimfield, and Jim (Lori) Satterfield of Laura; and a wonderful grandfather to his ten grandchildren Tom, Laura, and Marsha Satterfield, Sean (Melissa) Dean, Heather (Jason) Lied, and Brian Dean, Mindy and David Satterfield, Josh (Tiffany) Lopeman, and Zach Robertson. He has six great-grandchildren which he greatly enjoyed. He also has two half-sisters Lauri (David) Roszak and Mary (Kevin) Tritsch.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Francis ?Bud? Satterfield.

He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as MMM3C on the USS Arcturus and the USS Kermit Roosevelt in China and Japan. After the war he became a mechanic and was a member of Teamsters Local 627 until he retired in 1985. He farmed for forty years and also acquired his pilot?s license at the age of 55.

He was a member of the Brimfield American Legion, NRA, EAA, Pietenpol Airplane Club, and Yates City Flying Club. He was an avid auto enthusiast and was active in I.M.C.A., USAC, NASCAR, ARCA, SCCA, and Chevrolet factory racing, where he initiated several performance innovations for factory teams and local short track racing. As a car owner and engine builder, he held many track records and track championships with drivers: Herb Shannon, Les Snow, Johnny Beauchamp, Steve Lance Sr., Don Hager, Joe Wyatt, son Larry Satterfield, and many others. He was the tech inspector at Peoria Speedway and Knox County Speedway. He was inducted into the Peoria Old Timers Club for his involvement in auto racing from the 1940?s until 2011. He also enjoyed camping with his family, antique cars and antique tractors.

We would like to thank the Veterans Administration, Spoon River Home Health Services, BYE Ambulance, OSF Hospice, Rev. John Verrier, and our many friends for their help and support during this difficult last year.

A memorial service will be Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Rev. John Verrier will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary and thirty minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Brimfield City Cemetery in Brimfield.

Memorials may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, St. Joseph?s Catholic Church in Brimfield, or Brimfield Fire Department.

 

Walt Stodghill - Buda, Ill. -PS-

Former Peoria Speedway Pit Steward - Midget & Stock Car Owner
Owner of Walt's Garage in Buda Illinois
Mechanic for Jerry Roedell
Waylon Grant - Pekin Illinois -D- Hornet Division #24w
WAYLON WILLIE BENJAMIN GRANT  /  10-15-1980 to 7-26-2012  /  31 YEARS OLD

Waylon-Willie Benjamin Grant, 31, of Pekin, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012, in Peoria.

Born Oct. 15, 1980, in Peoria, to Donald Peter Jr. and Pamela Ruth (Sutter) Grant, he married Angela Renee ?Angie? Ramsey on April 11, 2009, in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother and step-father, Pamela and Mikel Schlipf of Peoria; father, Donald Grant Jr. of East Peoria; two sons, Austin James Puddy of Greenview and Jordan Mikel Grant of Pekin; one daughter, Angel Renee Puddy of Greenview; one step-son, Grant Ray DeWitt of Pekin; one step-daughter, Ravyn Alexis DeWitt of Pekin; two sisters, Angela (Steven Shipman Jr.) Grant of East Peoria and Windy (David) Bachman of Peoria; two brothers, Donald (Karmin) Grant III of Pekin and James (Stephanie) Grant of Washington; 11 nieces and nephews; and his step-grandmother, Irene Stevens of Peoria.

A self-employed mechanic, Waylon enjoyed dirt track racing. His racing number was 24W. He participated in the Pekin Relay for Life.

He attended LaMarsh Baptist Church in Mapleton.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor David Sexton will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an educational fund for his children in care of the funeral home  ..

 

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The Top 25 Stock Car Drivers from the First 25 Years at Peoria Speedway - 1950 to 1974 .....

Driver #1 Don Bohlander

Driver #2 Lloyd Caldwell

Driver #3 Les "Tiger" Snow

Driver #4 Herb Shannon

Driver #5 Jim Strube

Driver #6 Jerry Roedell

Driver #7 Les Peterson

Driver #8 Fred Strube

Driver #9 Jim Gerber

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Driver #11 Johnny Beauchamp

Driver #12 Ray Guss Sr.

Driver #13 Rocky Nohl

Driver #14 Don Dane

Driver #15 Jim Baker

Driver #16 George Messer

Driver #17 Veral Boken

Driver #18 Don Bitner

Driver #19 Jim Landers

Driver #20 Al Terrell

Driver #21 Ronnie Weedon

Driver #22 Steve Lance Sr.

Driver #23 Ernie Schaefer

Driver #24 Dick Manuell

Driver #25 Bud Knaebel

 

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