Richard E. Archdale

March 20, 1944May 9, 2011

Richard E. Archdale, 67, of Pekin, passed away at 9:19 AM on Monday, May 9, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital. Rich has gracefully finished his “Dance with Cancer”. It was a long dance, 7 years, with many dips, curves, and sidesteps, but he handled it with the suaveness and grace of Fred Astair! He was born March 20, 1944 in Canton, Illinois to Mildred and Glen Archdale. Along with siblings Keith and Pat, he grew up on the farm, helping with daily chores and at the same time exploring and enjoying all that country life offered. After high school in 1962, Rich was hired on at Caterpillar in East Peoria, operating any and all machines. After 37 ½ years, he retired in 2000. Richard’s life was filled with family and friends. His 6 children, Lori, Pam, Debbie, Karen, Desiree and Brian were always uppermost in his mind and heart! Then the grandchildren Niki, Ben, Jeff, Stephani, Steve, Gabriel, Natalie, Kayla, Kaiden, Joshua, Olivia and Kolten were the icing on his cake! He will have a great-granddaughter in July that will be loved by him from afar! In 1972 Richard met Linda Schertz and they immediately formed a bond of friendship that would never be broken. As happens in life, that friendship hit some detours, until 1984 when everything fell together and they were married on July 14th beginning a life together that will last “Forever and 3 days”. Rich enjoyed all kinds of activities, bowling, golf, archery, car races were all a part of his life, but his real love was motorcycling. He and his wife Linda owned a Goldwing which they rode up into Canada, to both the East and West coasts and many places in between. A lot of those trips were made with their 2nd family, Chapter Z of the Goldwing Road Riders, more special than the destinations of those trips, were the friendships and memories that were made. Like any relationship, his with God, was at times a little rocky. He knew there was a higher power out there, but he just had questions! Well in Jan 2010 God answered those questions for him. He sent Rich, his own angel, Jane Weiss, complete with a Halo of Light above her head! Since then he’s had complete faith and very active communication with God. Now we must say goodbye to you, we know you were tired and God said its time to come home to heal. So Dear husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother and Friend it is with a mix of joy, sadness and love that will last forever, we let you go, knowing that you are once again healthy and at peace. You will be a part of us always. Cremation rites will be accorded and a visitation will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 12:00 (noon) to 2:00 pm, with a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Please visit Richard’s Life Story at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 14, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, May 14, 2011

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Shelly Welker

May 18, 2011

I have very fond memories of Richard. To Linda and the Richard's children and grandchildren -- please know that this is not good bye but so long for now until we meet again. My Dad Dean Welker was a brother to Richard's mother Mildred Archdale. We used to share many Thanksgiving's together. There was always love and laughter that filled the room during that special holiday. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

May the memories you shared with each other bring you happiness and joy in the coming days.

Michele Archdale

May 16, 2011

one of my favorite memories of dad is when he surprised me one morning with a motorcycle ride first time I had ever been on a motorcycle we went all over the place was the best I will never forget you. you were an awesome father-in-law love you always

Reba Ford

May 16, 2011

Most of my memories of Richard are from years ago - I was one of Richard's cousins. My mother and his were sisters and Thanksgiving was always our day with Mom's family. All of her siblings and all of their kids and then grandkids as the older cousins married and had families of their own - we quickly out grew houses and had to rent places to hold our dinner. ;-) the M & G pantry (his mom and dad's resaurant), VFW halls, community centers, fire departments - you name it, we had Thanksgiving dinner in it. As the older generation started to pass, the cousins began to drift away, but it was apparent from the visitation and the picture tribute that Richard was always surrounded by a loving family. Rest in peace, Richard.

Amber & Danny Morgan

May 14, 2011

The Morgan family is so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this period of loss.

Duane Runyon

May 14, 2011

Linda and Pat Runyon

Personal condolences to all of your families

Tammy & Bob

May 12, 2011

We are so sorry for the passing of Rich. We regret not being there for you.You were a great man and friend. You are at peace now. Keep driving your bike throughout the heavens and beyond. God bless you. BOB & TAMMY

May 12, 2011

desi and bri/iam so sorry about your dad, love you aunt brenda

Rosann (Hedges) Lahne

May 12, 2011

Linda and family,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. I was married to Richard's uncle Jimmy Hedges and we spent time with him back in the sixties. Jim went on to be with the Lord in 1999. Jim and Richard spent a lot of time together growing up as they were close in age. His mother, Mildred was Jim's oldest half-sister. Praise God that he came to know our precious Lord before his departure. May your family find peace and comfort in your loss.

Allison White

May 12, 2011

What a beautiful tribute. My deepest sympathy Karen for you and your family.
Allison Roper White

Randy & Melody House

May 12, 2011

My dear friend , you are missed so much already. I know you are no longer in pain, I know you are cancer free now, I know you are in Heaven watching over all of us. But, I also know I miss you and very soon we will all be together again. Till that time comes we are here to help Linda in any way we can. Love you and miss you my friend.

Randy & Melody