Richard Nelson Lenaway

December 20, 1943January 8, 2021

CREVE COEUR ~ Richard Nelson “Bugs” Lenaway, 77, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 4:14 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born December 20, 1943 in Peoria to Nelson and Betty (Cheser) Lenaway, he married Louise Simmons in 1965 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Karrie (Lou, Jr.) March of New Jersey; his son, Jason (Nikki) Lenaway of East Peoria; five grandchildren, Louie March, III, Emily March, Lily March, Corbin (Natane) Lenaway and Logann Lenaway; one great-grandson, Hudson Lenaway; and one sister, Nita Lenaway of Arizona. He also leaves behind special family members, Kim (Greg) Peak of Creve Coeur and their children, Michael Peak and Victoria Peak; and his great-nephew, Vincent Peak of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bugs was a union carpenter and jack of all trades. He could do anything. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

His memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Guidelines regarding social distancing and the wearing of masks will be followed. There will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637.

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rosemary ashby

January 16, 2021


I am so sorry to hear of Buggsie"s passing, he was such a fun cousin. I'll never forget when the 3 of us packed up and moved across country to California, what fun times along the way.
My thoughts and prayers and love are with you. Rosemary Sue

Delbert Stohler

January 15, 2021

Saved me a bullet.

Carol Munday

January 14, 2021

Louise my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Debbie Thompson

January 13, 2021

Just remembering how many times we were with you guys.. your house was always a safe place..

Debbie Thompson

January 13, 2021

Betty Jo Vachon

January 12, 2021

Aunt Louise,
I am sorry to hear that Uncle Bugs has passed. I have fond memories of coming to your house in the summer. I had so much fun. I won't forget that you were both there when I sang for the first time live. Blue Bayou:) Bugs didn't think I had the guts to do it. But I did!
I wish you nothing but love and peace.

Betty Jo

Marsha Finch

January 12, 2021

Louise, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bugs. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Sincere sympathy.

Bryan Murray

January 12, 2021

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bugs. We are keeping the Lenaway and March families in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The Murray Family

Maria and Lou March

January 11, 2021

We remember what a beautiful relationship he and Louise had, from the early days riding on a motorcycle together to waiting hours in the car for Louise when her appt ended. Lastly who can forget Bugs arranging the big red low riding fat boy for Lou’s 60th birthday. Bugs was larger than life. May he rest in peace