OBITUARY

Richard Joseph (Joe) Story

July 12, 1943February 9, 2019
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Richard Joseph (Joe) Story, 75, of East Peoria, passed away at 10:28 on Feb 9, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. Born July 12, 1943, in St. Louis, MO, to Eleanor Katherine (Rhodes) and Richard Wilhite Story. Joe attended grade school in Greenfield, IL, junior high in Marquette Heights in the old Quonset huts where the city building now stands, and graduated from Pekin High School in 1961. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his loveable canine, Nobles, who passed just weeks before him. Following high school, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served (4) years at various air bases, including San Antonio, TX, Wichita Falls, TX, Mt. Clemens, MI, the Azores, & Torrejon, Spain. It was during his 2-year hitch in Spain that he was afforded the opportunity to see Europe, the Middle East and the Baltic countries as a flight mechanic, on-board the aircraft. After his discharge from the Air Force, at a high school football game, Joe met Julie Ann Stapleton, and following a two-year courtship, they were married on July 20, 1968, at the First United Methodist Church in East Peoria. This past summer Joe & Julie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family. Joe worked for Sprinkman Insulation following his military discharge, and eventually hired into the 2-year Machinist’s Apprenticeship at Caterpillar Tractor Co., eventually working in the Purchasing Dep’t & Materials Management, retiring after 35 years of service. Joe was an avid fisherman, and he & Julie started a family tradition of an annual trek to Minnesota that lasted over 20 years. It was on his final trip, in July, 2014, that Joe was involved in a tragic automobile accident that resulted in the loss of his left arm. Ironically, his father suffered a similar fate 11 days short of being 75 years prior to Joe’s accident. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. Joe was always quick to lend a hand to friend & family, alike, and his quick wit, warm smile and infectious chuckle will be missed by those that knew & loved him. Joe leaves behind his wife, Julie, two daughters, Joliene Cunefare (Chris) of East Peoria; Amy Jo Story of Peoria; one son, Chad Story (Elizabeth) of East Peoria; one granddaughter, Kalee Mackenzie Cunefare of St. Louis, MO; one sister, Susie Story of Phoenix, AZ; & one brother, Jim (Linda) Story of Pekin, IL. A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday Feb 15th at First United Methodist Church in East Peoria with a visitation an hour preceding the funeral. Memorial Contributions can be made to OSF Richard L Owens Hospice Home. Online condolences may be made at www.remmertfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Richard Wilhite Story, Father
  • Eleanor Katherine (Rhodes) Story, Mother
  • Juile Ann Stapleton Story, Wife
  • Joliene Cunefare (Chris), Daughter
  • Amy Jo Story, Daughter
  • Chad Story (Elizabeth), Son
  • Kalee Mackenzie Cunefare, Granddaughter
  • Susie Story, Sister
  • Jim (Linda) Story, Brother
  • Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his loveable canine, Nobles, who passed just weeks before him.
  • DONATIONS

  • OSF Richard L Owens Hospice Home

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 15, 2019
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DANNY CULLINAN

February 14, 2019

JIM, LINDA AND THE STORY FAMILY WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS DANNY AND COLLIE

Gene Castellani

February 12, 2019

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Not only being a great friend, he was also one of the nicest foremans I ever had at caterpillar, we always got along great. I was also great friends with Joes father-in-law, Oral Stapleton ,as we would always share fishing stories (lies?) with Joe. R.I.P. Joe.

Lee Ann Arias

February 12, 2019

I am so sorry Julie for your families loss, I worked at Cvs for many years and left 4 years ago but remember my customers well he is such a fun , smiling man joking along the way, my deepest sympathy

Roger Bowton

February 11, 2019

Joe was a great individual I worked with him for several years. Always a smile and willing to help. He made people around him feel comfortable doing their job . He was a great manager but his best quality was his natural way with people. I'm sure he will be missed by many .

Jim and Kathy Burdette

February 11, 2019

Julie, Joliene , Amy Jo, Chad, Susie, Jim, Linda, Alec ,Derek and Family
It seems very surreal to think Joe has passed from this life to the next. Last spring, I had the great fortune to have seen Joe at his CPA's office . Our brief "hello" became a really great conversation as Joe shared with me, the first hand experiences and memories of his tragic accident. He shared with me the many "God-moments" during the accident, the traffic, the transport, surgery and lengthy recovery. Once again, I was amazed and impressed with Joe's courage , love and appreciation for his family and many caregivers,including the surgeons, nurses,therapists and his Amy Jo.

Kathy and I send our sympathy and love to each of you. Joe certainly touched many lives and hearts, including mine.

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