Dennis R. Mathias

March 15, 1951October 11, 2021

PEORIA ~ Dennis Ray Mathias, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.

Born March 15, 1951 in Pekin to Earle and Virginia (Herren) Mathias, he married Cindy Pescaglia on June 5, 1983 in Hopedale. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Virginia Mathias of Pekin; one son, Matthew (Colleen) Mathias of Chillicothe; one daughter, Nicole (Scotty Gregory) Mathias of North Pekin; one step-daughter, Kayla (Charley) Connell of Pekin; six grandchildren, Heyden Connell, Addison Mathias, Rachel Connell, Peyton Mathias, Zander Gregory and one grandson to be born in January of 2022; one sister Kandi Ramme of Montgomery, Alabama and more extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother-in-law, Doug Ramme.

Denny served in the United States Army National Guard.

He was a member of the UAW Local # 974. Denny retired in 2013 after over 40 years at Caterpillar, Inc. in Mossville.

Denny was passionate about fishing, his favorite fishing spot was Lake Vermilion in Minnesota. He loved taking trips on his Harley with his wife and friends and traveling across the country, coast to coast.

He spent most of his time outdoors, staying busy maintaining his country home with his wife, planning bonfires and fishfries with family and friends. Denny will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor, jokes and laughter.

A celebration of life will be held 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Pekin Moose Lodge #916. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermilion Lake Association, Jerry Pepper, Treasurer, P.O. Box 696 Tower, Minnesota 55790

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Linda Holmes

October 17, 2021

Sending my hugs to heaven for you den. Linda

Tracy Blanchard

October 16, 2021

Our condolences and prayers for peace. Love to all, Tim and Tracy Blanchard

henry burch

October 15, 2021

Sorry for your lost cindy uncle hank loves you

Oda & Connie Dudley

October 14, 2021

Our deepest sympathiesTo all the family ❤ you are in our hearts & prayers. Rest In Peace Denny

Buster Haynes

October 14, 2021

We had some great times back in the well. Love you, your bro Buster.

Abby & Dave Hagen

October 14, 2021

Cindy - The memories are endless and we hope those will never fade. Hearing your laughter during one of Denny's story moments is priceless. Thank you for welcoming us in to the "biker trash gang". Whether it was a bonfire & fishfry at your place or playing LRC at ours, day rides and more, Denny's warmth and fun attitude AND the never ending stories he'd share has made us all better people.

Shannon Trotter

October 13, 2021

My Uncle Denny may have been an outdoors kind of guy but he could clean up nicely too! Always a handsome man! He will truly be missed by so many. I know my dad was in heaven welcoming Denny home and they are already entertaining angels with fishing stories!