Raleigh "Gene" Eugene Waller Jr.

May 20, 1959November 13, 2021

PEKIN ~ Raleigh Eugene “Gene” Waller, Jr., 62, of Pekin, passed away at 1:51 a.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021 at his home.

Born May 20, 1959 in Peoria to Raleigh Eugene and Lemeldia “Jean” (Martin) Waller, Sr., he married Pamela Ann “Pam” Taylor on November 28, 2010 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are his four children, Jeff Waller of Tacoma, Washington, Cariann (Stephen) Hall of Des Moines, Iowa, Aaron Waller of Sparland, and Katielynn Waller of Varna; four grandchildren, Liam Waller, Hailey Hall, Brynna Hall, and Wyatt Waller; and one sister, Cynthia Drake of Peoria.

His parents preceded him in death.

Gene had worked for the Peoria Blood Bank. Previously, he worked at Alcoa and GCA Services.

He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge and was of the Methodist faith.

Gene enjoyed traveling, woodworking, knife making, and fishing with his family.

He will be remembered for his witty personality, making people laugh, and his love for a good joke.

No services are planned at this time and cremation will be accorded.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to UnityPoint Health Hospice, 221 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61636.

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Raleigh "Gene" Eugene Waller Jr.

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Juli Ladd

November 21, 2021

I’m so sorry to learn of Gene’s passing! We worked together at GCA Services & I couldn’t have asked for a better colleague! Gene was such a fun loving guy! He will be truly missed. Sorry for your family’s loss.

Rico Uriostegui

November 19, 2021

To a great man and a friend who helped me so much and taught me even more. A man that believed in everybody and gave chances. Gene will be missed forever. Thanks Mi Amigo for everything. You will always be in my heart. Descansa En Paz.


November 16, 2021

To the family of my dear cousin Gene...I am so sad to hear of his passing. To most of us growing up he was Eugene, sweetness of person, full of mischief when small, sense of humor beyond compare. And as we all got older and got used to calling him Gene, he was the same loving man with a 100 watt smile. I was so proud of the life he lived and grateful that I got to tell him so. He will be missed on earth but know that he is with loved ones still.

Diane Shelabarger/Coggins

November 15, 2021

Pam, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of Gene, help ease the pain.

Debbie (Ewing) Loy

November 15, 2021

So sorry to hear of Gene's passing - take care - peace to your family.

joanne miller

November 14, 2021

Pam, I’m so sad to learn of Gene’s passing. Praying for comfort for you and your family.

Kathy VanHorn

November 14, 2021

Pam, I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. May all your beautiful memories sustain you at this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts to you and his family.


November 14, 2021

Thinking of you as you celebrate Gene’s beautiful life. He will live on in your heart. Let your precious memories help to sustain you at this difficult time.

I know I can’t make your pain go away, but I want you to know I’m here for you with a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen with, or anything else you may need.

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.