Laurel William Blacet

April 23, 1930November 17, 2018

Laurel William Blacet, 88, of Morton passed away at 5:25 pm Saturday, November 17, 2018 at his residence. He was born April 23, 1930 in Greenville, IL the son of Earl and Laura Ulmet Blacet. He married Betty Jean Matthews on November 25, 1949 in Pocahontas, AR. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Lester Blacet of Eureka, Jeffrey (Tammy) Blacet of Peoria, Susan (Michael) Brooks of Peoria, Vicki (Tim) Young of Texas, and Christopher (Rebecca) Blacet of Bartonville; and fifteen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and a few great-great-grandchildren. Laurel was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marcelyne Qualls; and one nephew, Mark Qualls; granddaughter Cristi Dawn Evans and great-grandson Aiden James Brooks. He was an Inspector at Caterpillar Inc. until his retirement in 1990. Over the years he enjoyed working on several mission trips, especially with the Navajo Indians. Laurel was a member of Richland Baptist Church. He was very active in the church in a variety of positions including Adult Bible Study. He was a member of Hilton Masonic Lodge AF & AM # 143 of East Peoria. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Remmert Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10-10:45 am. Masonic Rites will start at 10:45 am until time of service. Brother Gary England and Pastor Cal Callison will officiate. Burial will be at 12:00 pm Wednesday November 21, 2018 at Campground Cemetery in Greenville, IL. Memorials may be made to Richland Building Fund or Campground Cemetery. To view Laurel’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to


  • Earl Blacet, Father
  • Laura Ulmet Blacet, Mother
  • Betty Jean Matthews Blacet, Wife
  • Lester Blacet, Children
  • Jeffrey (Tammy) Blacet, Children
  • Susan (Michael) Brooks, Children
  • Vicki (Tim) Young, Children
  • Christopher (Rebecca) Blacet, Children
  • ~15 ~, Grandchildren
  • ~ Many ~, Great-Grandchildren
  • ~ Few ~, Great-Great-Grandchildren
  • Laurel was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marcelyne Qualls; and one nephew, Mark Qualls

  • Michael Blacet, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Blacet, Pallbearer
  • Tom Blacet, Pallbearer
  • Jesse Evans, Pallbearer
  • Michael Brooks, Pallbearer
  • Todd Blacet, Pallbearer
  • Russel Nolan, Honorary
  • Micah Holloway, Honorary

  • Richland Building Fund or Campground Cemetery


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Laurel William Blacet

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Melody Barkdoll

November 22, 2018

Les so sorry to hear about your dad Rob and I would of been to the visitation but we just found out about his passing.You are all in our thoughts and prayers

Lee Anne Cheek

November 21, 2018

So sorry to hear of Laurel's passing. He was a very nice man. Our mom and dad always spoke of them and memories of Laurel and Betty and "Little Jeffrey". He and Betty always took time to check in with Mom after Dad died. Fly high Laurel! Blessings, Lee Anne (Foley) Cheek and Linda Sue (Foley) Ergle.

Barb Wells

November 20, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss Betty and your family.. I'm thankful for you both in my life and in the life of Richland Baptist Church.. Sending love and lifting you all in prayer for comfort at this difficult time. Thankful for the hope we have in Christ, as Brother B has graduated to his heavenly home into the arms of Jesus.. We know we'll see him again on the other side.. May God bless you all with peace, as only He can.. Love you, Barb & Tim

Laura Holloway

November 19, 2018

Grandpa was a great example of God's love. He truly loved all of us. He has been preparing us for his Home going for years. I feel confident that he is with our Father in heaven, and am so excited for him to be FREE of this world. I love you, grandpa, forever!