Brett Allen Harlow

January 24, 1997February 6, 2019
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Brett Allen Harlow, 22, of East Peoria, passed away Wed. Feb. 6, 2019. He was born Jan. 24, 1997 in Lake Forest, IL. Surviving are his parents, David M. and Jill S. (Steger) Harlow of East Peoria; and his sister Brittany Harlow of East Peoria. Also surviving are his grandparents, Louis and Rosemary Steger and Jean Harlow all of Pekin; aunts and uncles, Brenda and Aaron Hoyle, Rev. Judy Steger Kennedy, Jack and Jackie Steger and Joel and Lynette Steger, all of Pekin and 12 cousins all of Pekin and Wheaton, IL. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert D. Harlow. Brett was a 2015 graduate of East Peoria Community High School, where he was active in chorus, chorale, theater/drama and played on the Ice Hawks Hockey Team. He was also involved in numerous community theatre performances. He also played Pekin and Peoria youth hockey. Brett loved music, especially the Beatles. He played the guitar and was a self-taught piano player. He was a member of East Peoria United Methodist Church. Visitation will be on Fri. Feb. 15 from 4-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in East Peoria. Funeral services will be held on Sat. Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. Mary Arnold will officiate. Additional visitation will be from 10-10:45 a.m. Sat. Burial will follow in Fondulac Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Corn Stock Theatre, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation or your charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at


  • David M. Harlow, Father
  • Jill S. (Steger) Harlow, Mother
  • Brittany Harlow, Sister
  • Louis and Rosemary Steger, Grandparents
  • Jean Harlow, Grandparents
  • Brenda, Aaron Hoyle, Rev. Judy Steger Kenneky, Jack and Jackie Steger and Joel and Lynette Steger, Aunts and Uncles
  • ~ 12 ~, Cousins
  • He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert D. Harlow

  • Corn Stock Community Theater
  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
  • Charity of your choice


  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Jim and Carolee Moore

February 15, 2019

Dave & Jill,

We just learned of your loss. We are so sorry.
Words can never be enough at times like these.
Just want you to know that you are in ours prayers.

Jim & Carolee Moore

Marj Oesch

February 14, 2019

So saddened to hear of Brett's passing...
It was a delight to discover him acting at Cornstalk with my niece a few years back...
Thinking of you all...
Marj Oesch and family

Teresa Earle

February 12, 2019

Will miss your smiling face and sympathy for the family. I love your family and prayers for comfort and healing. God bless your family through this time. We will always remember your smile and wish I would have heard you perform.

Aaron Comte

February 12, 2019

Though I was only an acquaintance, Brett always brought a smile to my face when we'd run into each other. It's heartbreaking to hear of his passing. I hope he is at peace now in the presence of the all-mighty, all-comforting and eternal spirit of the ages. He was a truly beautiful, talented young man and I will try to remember him that way.

Janet Houston

February 12, 2019

Jill and family, I am so sad to hear of your loss. It breaks my heart to think of the pain you must be experiencing. I pray that you will find peace and comfort in the arms of our Lord. In the days of grief to come, I pray you will cling to happy memories and know that many are praying for you and your family.

Pam Jones

February 11, 2019

Thinking of you and your family at this time. Sending heartfelt sympathy.
(Pam Jones, OSF Volunteer)

Jarrod Lampier

February 10, 2019

I hate hearing you've left. I'm glad we were able to share time together on the stage. I pray you are at peace Brett.

Juanita reader

February 10, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Camron Stanley

February 9, 2019

I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of this lovely young man. As his high school teacher, I saw the potential in this amazing boy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, sister, and family. He will be forever missed, and my memories of him will linger.

Ann Hagemann

February 9, 2019

I will always have fond memories of Brett in my ASIW Broadway Belters- talented, handsome, personable...I am very sorry for your loss and pray that you find peace ...Fondly, Ann Hagemann