Darrell W. Deal Jr.

November 23, 1969July 13, 2013
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Darrell W. Deal Jr., 43, passed away at 3:44 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, in East Peoria.

Darrell was born Nov. 23, 1969, in the city of love and fresh smells, Peoria, Ill.

Born the lucky son of an all-around stunningly beautiful woman, mother Janice Martin Deal (now Squires of Morton) and devastatingly handsome Chuck Norris lookalike father Darrell W. Deal Sr. (of Kingston Mines).

Darrell Jr., or "Little Darrell," graduated from Illini Bluffs High School in 1988, a school in which he excelled at baseball, basketball, being suave, and pretty much anything he wished to excel at. He majored in being cool and throughout his life was a professional cool guy and big brother.

Once finishing high school, he could no longer contain his love for country, freedom and physical fitness, so he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He did his basic training at the famous Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. Little Darrell was anything but little, standing at a mere un-measurable height or weight to any mortal, served in Desert Storm, assisting with one of the quickest conflict resolutions in the history of man. Coincidence? Darrell was laid-back, a lover of life, sport, travel, outdoors, and most of all family - and thought it better to end the conflict with as few casualties as possible and return home to enjoy the fruits of life. Which he did.

Upon his return, he married, and fathered a child. A daughter destined for beauty, grace, sophistication, humor, and love, Destiny Deal, of Lake Camelot has lived up to her name. Several years later, because of his love for love, he fathered another child. Future professional athlete, writer, doctor, sales clerk, or model - whatever he chooses to do, will be done beautifully - Dawson Deal, of Washington will surely grow up to lead a life his father will be proud of.

Because of his love of craftsmanship, strength, hard work and sweat, he has worked as a machinist for Caterpillar Inc. Because of his love for fresh air and community he has worked for the Peoria Journal Star. He has led many professions in life; he would say none more proud to be than that of father to two beautiful children.

He leaves behind a world filled with friends and family, including his sister, Danette (Skip) Ball of Minooka, Ill.; his brother, Dustin Deal of Chicago; and his girlfriend, Tracey Johnson, with whom he shared his life, who are all better now for knowing him.

Our warrior, our friend, our uncle, our cousin, our nephew, our grandson, our brother, our lover, our son, our father - you will be missed. You are beautiful. The Gods will delight in you.

A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, July 16, at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel and a memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Kingston Mines United Methodist Church. Pastor Kathy Barrett will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Darrell W. Deal Jr. Memorial Fund CEFCU.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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February 12, 2014

My heart still hurts & I miss you so very much. You are always on my mind. You will be forever in my heart. I love you always

Gentry Martin

October 14, 2013

I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of great man he was my nephew tht I didn't kno so well we all moved apart over the years.God bless the Deal family and always..Gentry..

Gentry Martin

October 14, 2013

I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of great man he was my nephew tht I didn't kno so well we all moved apart over the years.God bless the Deal family and always..Gentry..

patty reaves

October 14, 2013

Janice so sorry to hear of your lose. He will always be in our memories.him an gentry were like brothers. My heart goes out to you an his children with loving memories. God be with all the deal family. We love you.

August 15, 2013

My Son Darrell
Having had the wonderful pleasure of knowing you ( since the minute you were born ! )and appreciating the million plus things that are so wonderful about you.. I will always hope that the people who knew you and shared your life, realize how lucky they were to be in the presense of a present like you ! You are always on my mind and will be forever in my heart.I miss you more than words can say,I truly believe I will see you again someday. I Love you Darrell, mom

Melissa Baker

August 6, 2013

I had the pleasure of having Jaylin in my class this year. I met Darrell several times during Open House, Parent teacher conferences, and other events. He was always very friendly and took a genuine concern in Jaylin's life. I am sorry to hear of this sad news. Jaylin and Tracey you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob Bandy

August 5, 2013

To Darrell Sr and all your family, once we were friends and time and distances seperated us but you are not forgotten. I am truely sorry for your loss. Take care.

The Brining's

July 20, 2013

To the entire Deal family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. May you find peace and comfort in your memories, they will live on forever. Destiny, your dad was a great man who touched many hearts, you are in our prayers.


July 19, 2013

Dear Deal Family. We did not know this remarkable young man. And have never read an account of someone's Life like his. Whomever wrote it did an awesome, loving & beautiful tribute!
May God wrap HIS loving arms around all those that Loved him. May HE grant you Peace as only HE can.
Sincerely, M&S- E. Peoria, IL

Angela Turner

July 18, 2013

I didn't know Darrell but he sounds wonderful and i think that his family has done a wonderful job of telling the story of a great man.
I am sorry for your loss.