Benny Joe Kasinger

July 1, 1941January 5, 2021

PEKIN ~ Benny Joe Kasinger, 79, of Pekin, passed away at 3:52 p.m. January 5, 2021 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Born July 1, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was the son of Leonard Edward and Lena Mirl (Shrum) Kasinger. He married Margaret Earline Bradford on November 17, 1963 in Desoto, Missouri. She died November 8, 2012 in Pekin. He also was preceded in death by his parents and his biological father, Edward Eugene Casinger, who died in the attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Surviving are one son, Leonard Earl (Lynn) Kasinger of Pekin; two daughters, Kathryn Earline Cletcher of Bartonville and Peggy Jo (Brian Woodfine) Jones of Raymore, Missouri and seven grandchildren, Autumn Leigh (Shawn) Mayberry, Seth Andrew Kasinger, Liberty Kaylene Kasinger, Caleb Bradford Cletcher, Mara Rachel Cletcher, Jakob Gallagher Jones and Erynn Reagan Jones. He also leaves a brother-in-law, Richard Earl Bradford; a sister-in-law, Ila Jill Dugan; four nieces and nephews and eleven great nieces and nephews.

Benny worked at DeGussa Chemical in Mapleton for more than 27 years, retiring July 1, 2003. In earlier years, he worked as a lab technician for the doctor’s office in downtown Pekin. In retirement, he drove cars for the Morton Auto Auction and also drove the train at Wildlife Prairie Park for several years where he found much enjoyment doing that.

He was devoted to his family and was an avid supporter and fan at his grandkids sporting events and activities.

Benny was a member of New Testament Missionary Baptist Church in Pekin.

His public visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where a private funeral service will immediately follow. Pastor Roger Hamilton will officiate. Guidelines regarding social distancing and masks will be followed. Burial will be in Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, Illinois 61601 or to Wildlife Prairie Park, 3826 North Taylor, Hanna City, Illinois 61536.

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Mike Hamilton

January 8, 2021

Sorry to hear of your loss, I worked with Ben in the lab at Evonik

Sue Jackson (Brown)

January 6, 2021

I’m so blessed to have been a part of your family. I have wonderful memories of your parents especially the sleep overs at your house on Park Avenue. Cherish the memories and know they are watching over all of you. Benny was a great man and will be missed. Love you all.

Peggy Jones

January 6, 2021

Love you tons, Dad! We miss you already.

Michael Steenbergen

January 6, 2021

Great guy!worked with Benny.Had some good times at work.R.I.P.

Karmen Mayberry

January 6, 2021

Many years of friendship and memories. Benny and Earlene were always taking and sharing pictures in junior high and high school. Then we were watching ice skating. The last time I talked to Benny he said he knew somehow we would be family. Now we are but really, we always were! Love you all!