Herbert Ray Wilson, 82, of Spring Lake, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Morton Terrace Care Center in Morton.
He was born Nov. 8, 1930, in the Bakerville area, south of Mt. Vernon, to Tandy Denver and Velma J. (Throgmorton) Wilson.
Herbert Ray married Emma Lou Bart on April 1, 1950, and they had three children together. In 1989, he married Theresa Jane Burns.
After graduating from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1948, Herbert Ray was hired at Caterpillar Inc., where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He enjoyed fishing and racing boats on the Illinois River.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Doris Jean Standerfer; son Michael Lee Wilson; and his wife and his children’s mother.
Surviving are a sister, Brenda (Larry) Stonecipher of Texico; brother Frederic (Karen) Vallowe of McLeansboro; two children, Linda (Dale) Wixson and David (Sandie) Wilson, both of East Peoria; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four nieces, two nephews and five great-nieces; and brother-in-law Ernest D. Standerfer.
Memorial services were held in East Peoria with burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin.