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Gerald Pellens

January 15, 1948 January 21, 2021
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Gerald “Jerry” Pellens 73 of Utica passed away peacefully on January 21 at 4:40pm at OSF Healthcare in Peoria.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 27 from 4:00pm-6:00pm with a service immediately following at the Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle. Due to COVID 19 everyone is expected to wear a mask. Pastor Cameron Graper of the Ax Church will officiate. The service will close with a flag folding ceremony in honor of his military service.
Jerry was born in January of 1948 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Harold and Hilda Pellens.
He proudly served his country in the Army achieving the rank of Pfc. He was deployed during the Korean War, where he was responsible for the maintenance and repair of vehicles as well as supervising and providing technical guidance to other soldiers.
Jerry was married to his first wife for twenty-nine years, with whom he had four children Beth (Andrew) Beyer, Luke (Kerri) Pellens, Sarah (Seng) Saepharn, and Katie (Robert) Wilson, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He married his second wife Deborah Delaney in Ottawa in April of 2002. Through this marriage he gained three stepchildren (Brent Duffell, Steven (Tasha) Delaney, and Jacci Delaney) and nine grandchildren.
For several years he provided for his family as a Transport Operator for companies including Thermogas in LaSalle, Consolidated Freightways in Peru, and ABF Freight Systems in Chicago. During his time as a driver, he was a member of Teamsters Union 710 and 722. Upon his retirement he managed the car wash in Utica.
Jerry cherished time with his children and grandchildren, always providing tractor rides for the grandchildren whenever they visited. In his free time, he enjoyed bowling, working on older cars, and going to car shows with friends. He was also a member of the VFW in LaSalle and Knights of Columbus in Utica.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his brother (Stan Pellens).
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister (Nedra Reik).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to his family for his favorite charities
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