Larry Dale Beal, 64, of East Peoria and formerly of Mt. Vernon, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care Systems in Danville.
He was born on Aug. 12, 1948, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Edward Alson and Myrtle Lucille (Galbraith) Beal. He was married to Keiko for 38 years and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2011.
Mr. Beal is survived by brothers and sisters: Nona Wallace and husband Mike of East Peoria, Mike Beal and wife Pam of Salem, Gary Beal and wife Barb of Kell, Don Beal and wife Rose of Florida, and Jean Ann Beal of Seattle, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and an infant sister, Patricia.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from Dec. 5, 1967, to Jan. 31, 1988. During his tour of duty in Japan, he met and married Keiko and when he retired after 20 years of service, they made their home in Japan. He returned to the U.S. in June 2010 to seek medical treatment.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Jack Lucas officiating. Members of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
Mr. Beal has been cremated and there will be no visitation.
Memorials may be given to the National Parkinsons Foundation and will be accepted at the Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.