OBITUARY

Vernie R. Diveley

November 17, 1943January 25, 2020
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Vernie "Butch" R. Diveley, 76, of Pekin, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

He was born November 17, 1943 in Peoria, Illinois to Vernie E. and Margaret (Roath) Diveley. He married Vivian Sarnes on February 1, 1964 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are their three children, Valarie (David) Nail of Glasford, Vikki (David) Steele of Marquette Heights and Vincent Diveley of Springfield; eight grandchildren, Zachery (Ashley) Diveley, Ryan (Kala) Batalon, Alina Batalon, Kayla Steele, Kayci Steele, Kaydi Steele, Brice Diveley and Tanner Diveley; four great-grandchildren, Harlen Diveley, Zara Diveley, Elijah Batalon and Kodah Batalon; and one sister, Mary Papenhause of Tremont.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant great-grandson Kai Tompkins.

Vernie worked as a Maintenance Supervisor at Evonik Industries for 57 years at the time of his passing. He was formerly Chief of the Pekin Police Auxiliary, and helped as a weather spotter before retiring in 1997. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching Cardinal Baseball and was a huge Jimmy Johnson Race Fan. Vernie also enjoyed swing dancing with his wife and sponsoring youth softball teams.

A visitation will be Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin. A funeral service will be Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Online condolences can be submitted to www.davisonfultonwoolsey.com.

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Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Sandy Owsley

February 6, 2020

My thoughts and prayers for Vernie's wife Vivian and his family during this most difficult time
I lived across the street from The Diveley's for a little over 4 years
Vernie was the type of man who would come over and use his snow blower on my drive, and I wouldn't know who did it, He never tooted his own horn
I eventually found out it was him
He would start my car when the battery would run down
I would try to pay him and he would not except anything
One day I said Vernie since you wont take any money what s your favorite meal, without hesitation he said "Meatloaf" I made him and his wife two mini loaves of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy and a veggie, He liked it so well , he took the leftovers to work with him
Vernie was a very hard worker and loved his wife and family and was always there for them, I will miss seeing him around , He was a good man and left a great legacy R.I.P. Vernie

Wayne Rowell

February 1, 2020

We are sorry to hear of Vern's passing I worked with him for many years . You have our sympathy. He was a great guy

Mary Matheny

January 30, 2020

Vivian and Family, Very very sorry to learn of your loss of husband and father; you’re in my thoughts today!

Bheeshma Thota

January 29, 2020

We will miss Vernie at Evonik in Mapleton. He was a pleasure to work with. He helped my son with his school essay project. Our condolences to the family.

Brenda J. Hinman

January 29, 2020

It's been a long time, Vivian since we have seen each other. I believe at Pekin High. You may not recognize my name but my maiden name is Brenda Jordan. When our guys went to basic camp for
Vietnam we spent some memorable times together. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find strength in the love that surrounds you.

sherry crum

January 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss, I worked with Vern for over 35 years wonderful man.

Mike & Iris Switzer

January 29, 2020

Vivian,
So sorry to hear about Vern. In high school, he was a gentleman who led us on the gridiron by his dedication to the game and his actions both on and off the field.
Iris and I both send our sincere condolences and prayers. Cherish the wonderful memories that fifty-six years of marriage have given you.

Mike and Iris Switzer

Virginia McIrvin

January 28, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked at the plant in security for 10 years. Vern was a great guy and will be missed by many.

David Steele

January 28, 2020

I’ve just lost the greatest father in law one could have ever had. He was like a father to me that I have always looked up to and could always rely on. He will be missed so much more than he could have ever realized.

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Biography

Vernie "Butch" R. Diveley, 76, of Pekin, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
He was born November 17, 1943 in Peoria, Illinois to Vernie E. and Margaret (Roath) Diveley. He married Vivian Sarnes on February 1, 1964 in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are their three children, Valarie (David) Nail of Glasford, Vikki (David) Steele of Marquette Heights and Vincent Diveley of Springfield; eight grandchildren, Zachery (Ashley) Diveley, Ryan (Kala) Batalon, Alina Batalon, Kayla Steele, Kayci Steele, Kaydi Steele, Brice Diveley and Tanner Diveley; four great-grandchildren, Harlen Diveley, Zara Diveley, Elijah Batalon and Kodah Batalon; and one sister, Mary Papenhause of Tremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant great-grandson Kai Tompkins.
Vernie worked as a Maintenance Supervisor at Evonik Industries for 57 years at the time of his passing. He was formerly Chief of the Pekin Police Auxiliary, and helped as a weather spotter before retiring in 1997. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching Cardinal Baseball and was a huge Jimmy Johnson Race Fan. Vernie also enjoyed swing dancing with his wife and sponsoring youth softball teams.
A visitation will be Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin. A funeral service will be Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Online condolences can be submitted to www.davisonfultonwoolsey.com.