Christopher Michael Laws

October 2, 1972October 8, 2021

PEKIN ~ Christopher Michael Laws, 49, of Pekin, passed away at 5:31 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin.

He was born October 2, 1972 in Pekin to Calvin and Elaine Irene (Butler) Laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Rodger and Kenney Laws and two sisters, Cindy Ayers and Charlotte Irelan. Surviving are two brothers, Daniel (Sandy) Laws of Hillsdale, Michigan and Jeff (Sheri) Laws of Pekin; two sisters, Laurie Rotramel of Pekin and Brenda Eaton of Michigan; many nieces and nephews; his girlfriend of 10 years, Trina Erxleben Etter and his best friend, a yellow lab named Axl.

Christopher worked as a Truck Driver for 13 years at United Ready-Mix in Peoria. He had previously worked as a CNA at Hallmark Healthcare in Pekin for five years.

He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. He loved to hunt, fish and ride his motorcycle. He also enjoyed playing pool and was a member of the Pekin Ducks Unlimited.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, 2141 West White Oaks Drive, #A, Springfield, Illinois 61614.

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Taylor Hayes

October 14, 2021

Chris was one of my absolute favorite customers I helped at the bank. Every time he came into the branch he always made me laugh and always brightened my mood just by the amazing energy he radiated. I loved being able to catch up with him and just chat with him about things that we had going on in our lives. One of my favorite memories with Chris was when I ran into him at an old restaurant and he insisted I tried a pickleback shot, I was very hesitant to try it but he promised it was good. Although I had to admit to him it was the worst thing I’ve ever tried, we got to laugh about the facial expression I made after I tried it. Chris was truly an amazing person who was loved by so many of us, I will miss him dearly.

Helen Cremeens

October 13, 2021

R.I. P. My friend.

Jeff Laws

October 13, 2021

Chris, what can I say that we already didn’t know about each other. We had our brotherly fights like all brothers do but always made up. All I can say is I LOVED YOU when you was on this earth and I’ll LOVE in my heart forever.
I will miss you more than anyone will know.
Till we meet again

Kathi B

October 13, 2021

You are missed so much! I am so glad we had a chance to meet. Thank you for treating Trina and the kids so well. I have never seen Trina happier than when she was with you. To Trina, his adored girlfriend, her children, and Chris's family you are in my prayers and you have my deepest condolences.

Kathi B

Coon Dog

October 12, 2021

This is sad. Chris was an awesome guy. I am going to miss going at each other in a fun way. Making it eachother laugh. You will be missed. Thanks for always being so cool.. Coondog..

Todd Walker

October 12, 2021

I met Chris in the third grade and we have hung out a lot between each other’s houses multiple times spent multiple summers with each other families.We shared some difficult moments in each others lives .As time went on we grown up and moved on in different directions and wasn’t able to spend much time with each other as we used to when we were kids and young adults.i’m so glad that we was able to spend your last birthday together,so many friends and families feel the same way that I do our hearts Hurts and sad that you are no longer here your memories will live on in all of us thank you for being my friend my brother, love ya man!!

Donna Dowling

October 12, 2021

Darnit Chris, we just talked about you knocking it off with all the health scare stuff. You are one of my absolute fave customers at the bank. Even on a no good, very bad day, you always cracked us up and made the day less annoying. I'm so glad we got to talk for a bit last week. We're all going to miss you SO much! Thanks for always being the upbeat, hilarious and kind guy you were.

Nancy Borum

October 12, 2021

You were about 9 or 10 when I met you. Just a kid, an ornery one at that! But I am so glad I had the chance to meet you, get to know you and party/argue about our football teams! 😉 We love you & you will be so missed..forever in our hearts! 🙏❤🙏

John Fielder

October 12, 2021

Chris was a good friend. His demeaner was always positive and he had that quirky sense of humor. You will be missed my friend. I will see you on the flip side sir. P.S. Don't take all the deer up there. Leave some for us!

Mary Bollinger-Richardson

October 11, 2021

Our group of friends have so many memories with you. For at least 20 years straight, there wasn’t many memories without all 8-10 of us. Lots of camping trips, 4 wheeling, NYE celebrations, get together’s and hunting together. I am thankful for all the memories we have all shared. We all were family. RIP are gone to soon buddy..I’ll shoot ya a deer this year!!