Gordon W. Joyner Sr.

May 4, 1920January 1, 2013

Gordon W. Joyner, Sr. age 92, of Peoria, passed away Tuesday January 1, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. at his residence. He was born May 4, 1920 in Peoria to Louis P. and Alice (Cavallo) Joyner. He married Helen Clayton on July 1945 in Cape Cod, MA. She passed away July 28, 2003 in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn Warren. Survivors include one daughter, Lesley (Tim) Keenan of West Peoria; one son, Gordon W. (Patti) Joyner II of Springfield; one granddaughter, Clayton Joyner of Springfield; and one grandson, Michael Joyner of Springfield. Gordon graduated from Bradley University in 1952. He was a highly decorated Army WW II Veteran receiving the Bronze Star. Following his time in the military, Gordon worked in radio for several stations in the Peoria area. He also was the Sports Director for WEEK TV from 1963 till 1973. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Peoria. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial Mass will be Friday January 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with Rev. Canon Ralph J. Stanwise officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in the church columbarium. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Please view Gordon’s obituary at


  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2013

Gordon W. Joyner Sr.

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January 5, 2013

Dear Lesley and Family,

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace during this difficult time by celebrating your father's life and memories. My deepest sympathy.

Tammy (Wolgan) Rockow
Peoria, Illinois

Bob Mueller

January 4, 2013

Gordie and I always had a way of making each other laugh. It was a pleasure to know and work with him over the years.

Jim Rakestraw

January 4, 2013

God Bless on the passing of a very good man. Thoughts and prayers to Les & Gordy.

Kathy Porter

January 4, 2013

My deepest sympathy to your family on the passing of your Dad. My Mom (Clara Bessler Williamson) graduated from Woodruff High School in 1938. Gordon was faithful in attending Woodruff Class reunions and was very highly spoken of by everyone. As graduates of WHS ,my husband and I attended the WHS reunion just a few years ago and I introduced myself to your dad and we had a good conversation. He remembered my Mom & Dad as well as other classmates. God bless your family. Kathy Williamson Porter

Susan (Beck) Grossius

January 4, 2013

Lesley and Gordie,
My heartfelt condolences. I am truly saddened to hear about the loss of your father. I will always remember him from broadcasting the sports on channel 25 to our iceskating at Lakeview rink. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry I can't be there tomorrow for you. I will be with you in spirit. Love always, Sue

Tom Hexamer

January 3, 2013

Our heart felt sorrow for the Joyner Family with the loss of our Good friend and Buddy, Gordon. Working with Gordon at WEEK TV was a true honor, He was always a kind and considerate man..God Bless you Gordie.. Eve and Tom

Lee Hall

January 3, 2013

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Gordon. My first memory of seeing a sports guy on TV was of Gordon on the Pabst Blue Ribbon Sports Report. I was lucky enough to get to know him personally at RiverPlex. He was a wonderful gentleman and treated my like family. I am proud to carry on in his place on Channel 25. May God bless you all in your time of grief.
Lee Hall

Bob Daly

January 3, 2013

Lesley and Family sorry for your loss of dad. He will be remembered in our prayers.
Bob and Denise Daly(Mary Jo Murphy's big brother).