OBITUARY

Leonard John Carlson

September 22, 1923November 18, 2020

PEKIN ~ Leonard J. Carlson, 97, of Pekin, passed away at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Hallmark Healthcare of Pekin. Born September 22, 1923 in Riverside to Knute and Laura (Alander) Carlson, he married Lilia A. Hanson on June 12, 1948 in Chicago. She died December 8, 1992 in Pekin. He also was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gary J. Carlson on May 4, 2016 and four sisters, Alma Tudy, Berniece and Fern.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda P. Carlson of Pekin; two grandchildren, Julie (Adam) Whitney of Ada, Michigan and Kevin Carlson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and five great-grandchildren. He also leaves a daughter-in-law, Karla Carlson.

Leonard was a United States Veteran of World War II, who served with the 121st Construction Battalion (Seabees) in the Mariana Islands (Saipan & Tinian) in the Western Pacific.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois.

Leonard worked at Caterpillar, Inc. at the East Peoria proving grounds as a research engineer for 35 years. He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin.

A private graveside service will be Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church, 1717 Highwood Avenue, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

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Jim Moore

November 22, 2020

I knew him from church and dartball. He was such great man and he was very special to me. I always called him Dad. He always sit next to me when we play dartball we called him the home run king. We will miss him very much.

Bob Hefner

November 22, 2020

When I first started at the Cat Proving Grounds in 1973, I was assigned a desk right in front of Len (no cubicles back then). As a young engineer, he was a father figure to me and offered guidance and insight from his experience. He was always positive and encouraging; just what I needed. He was a great man!
My condolences to you all.
Bob Hefner

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