Herbert Ray Wilson

Herbert Ray Wilson, 82, of Spring Lake, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 
at Morton Terrace Care Center in Morton. He was born Nov. 8, 1930, in the 
Bakerville area, south of Mt. Vernon, to Tandy Denver and Velma J. (Throgmorton) 
Wilson. Herbert Ray married Emma Lou Bart on April 1, 1950, and they had three 
children together. In 1989, he married Theresa Jane Burns. After graduating from 
Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1948, Herbert Ray was hired at Caterpillar Inc., 
where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He enjoyed fishing and racing boats 
on the Illinois River.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Doris Jean Standerfer; son Michael Lee Wilson; 
and his wife and his children’s mother. Surviving are a sister, Brenda (Larry) Stonecipher of 
Texico; brother Frederic (Karen) Vallowe of McLeansboro; two children, Linda (Dale) Wixson and 
David (Sandie) Wilson, both of East Peoria; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four 
nieces, two nephews and five great-nieces; and brother-in-law Ernest D. Standerfer.

Memorial services were held in East Peoria with burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin 

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