Jackie L. Gilkerson, 87 of Streator passed away Wednesday morning (April 25th) at the Richard Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.
A visitation will be held Saturday from 12 - 2 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park with military honors conducted by members of the Streator American Legion and VFW.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
Jackie was born on July 2, 1930 in Kansas, IL to Thomas A. and Mildred (Scott) Gilkerson. He married Catherine Otto on March 22, 1952. She preceded him in death on November 21, 2008.
Surviving are children Jack F. (Lura) Gilkerson of Streator and Susan (Martin) Theobald of Bend, OR, 8 grandchildren, Jack A., Chad E., Catherine, Thomas, John, Mary, Dan and Brandon, 10 great-grandchildren, brother Carl Gilkerson of Earlville and a close companion Mary Ann Schmitt of Streator.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters Joyce Willies and Clara Brown, brothers Thomas, James, John, Harry and Gary.
Jackie attended Pottstown Grade School and served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Owen’s Illinois Glass in 1991 and was a member of the Golden Emblem Club of Owens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.