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Remmert Funeral Home

521 East Washington Street, East Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Richard "Rick" Ireton

January 6, 1952January 7, 2020
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Richard "Rick" Ireton, 68, of East Peoria, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by family.

He was born January 6, 1952 in Canton, to Tom and Vada (Ennis) Ireton. He married Kimberly Kath on September 16, 1983, she survives.

Also surviving are his parents, Tom and Vada of Bartonville; two daughters, Denise Ireton of Chicago and Samantha (Adam) Rose of Wayland, IA; two grandsons, Dean and Nolan, and one sister, Karen (John) Walker of East Peoria.

Rick worked as a material analyst for Caterpillar Inc for over 43 years before retiring in 2015. He was a member of the East Peoria Jaycees, the Illinois Jaycees, the Rusty Rockers Car Club, served on the board for the East Peoria Girls' Softball Association and coached girls' softball. Rick loved cruising around in his 1969 Camaro SS, vacationing in Florida, and cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Fighting Illini. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed riding a lawn mower over acres of the Iowa country.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm with a funeral service at 3pm at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Rev. Karl Eckhoff will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following the service.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation in Peoria. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.remmertfuneralhome.com.

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  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Lori Thurman

January 13, 2020

Kim and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am thinking of you! You are in my heart and prayers.

Lori Thurman

Michelle McGuire

January 11, 2020

Kim, Denise and Samantha,
Sending my deepest condolences to you for Rick's passing. He was a very involved father who shared his love of softball with both of you girls, a loving grandfather that adored his grandsons and a husband that provided a good life for all of you. We enjoyed the opportunities we had to spend together.
May your memories help you through this difficult time.

Sarah (Juerjens) Bland

January 11, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Ireton family! I remember Rick on the softball fields and watching NASCAR in the basement of your house in East Peoria, just across the street from ours. I’ll forever be afraid to touch a classic car because of how much he loved his. 🤪 I hope you find peace in the wonderful memories you made with him.

Roger Waldo

January 11, 2020

What great memories we have from the softball fields in Central Illinois and beyond. Rick was the best possible parent teammate in how he treated players, other parents, and coaches and managers. Such a supportive guy. Kim, Denise, and Sam, thanks for sharing him with us....Roger Waldo

Bridget Swailes

January 11, 2020

Ireton Family,

Oh where to begin..to the adoptive family that supported me through my college years and beyond and that holds a special place in my heart ❤️, Rick was a man of few words, but forever and always he will probably need to “check the weather”. If ever we weren’t sure where he had gone, you could be sure he had gone to “check the weather”! I will always remember the trips to family dinners in Arizona, the Cubs games, the time spent together at many softball games/tournaments, and knowing that in time of pure quiet I could always get a small smile and maybe a word or two from him, with my humorous thoughts. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and if ever you need I am just a phone call away. Much love to you all! 💕 Bridget and the Swailes family

Teresa Koopmans

January 11, 2020

My prayers are with the family. He was always playing and laughing with the boys, he loved them so much. Wonderful grandpa.

Connie Berry

January 11, 2020

Hugs and prayers today and the days to come. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the photos below. Lots of memories came flooding back from your wedding day, vacations, boating, car tinkering, helping us move and unpack around the US, etc. Thankful for the memories. Miss and love y’all!

Connie, Chris, Kennedy and Jackson

Stacy McDonald

January 9, 2020

Kim, Denise, and Sam,

I am so very sorry to hear the news of Rick's passing... The many years he selflessly gave his time to East Peoria Girl's Softball was heartwarming. My prayers to you and hope for many wonderful memories of Rick... He truly will be missed.

Stacy Cady McDonald

Mike Dudley

January 9, 2020

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the family in this time of sorrow. I worked with Rick at Caterpillar and played many games of "horse collar" at the local pub with him and all the shuffleboard crowd. R.I.P. old friend !

Amanda, Alice, and Don Wickman

January 8, 2020

Our deepest sympathies are with you all during this time. You’re all strong women and we know you’ll come out ok. Rick would want you all to do just that!!

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