VeteranGeorge Pempek

George PempekGeorge A. Pempek, 87, of Springfield died at 9:45 p.m. Jan. 23, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital.

He was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Blackwell, Wis., a son of John and Alma Mosalk Pempek. He married Bessie B. Schisler on Nov. 10, 1960, in Springfield. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Byron G. (and Sara) Pempek of Springfield; two grandchildren, John B. Pempek and Lydia R. Pempek; one sister, Marilyn Rathke of Merrill, Wis.; four nieces; one nephew; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by one infant son; and one brother, Myron Pempek.

He attended Wausau High School in Wausau, Wis. He proudly served in the United States Army for 20 years, including in the Korean War. He worked in banking for 23 years at Capitol Bank and Magna Bank. He received the Patriotic Volunteer of the Year Appreciation Award from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs in 2017.

He was a member of Catholic War Veterans, Korean War Veterans, American Legion Post 32, VFW #755, AMVETS and the Interveterans Council of Sangamon County. He served on the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Committee and was on the board of Quincy Veterans Home. He volunteered for Combined Veterans Association each year at the Illinois State Fair.

A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at Church of the Little Flower with Rev. Allen M. Kemme officiating. Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center. Inurnment will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Church of the Little Flower, 800 Adlai Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703; Illinois Veterans Home — Quincy Office, 1707 North 12th St., Quincy, IL 62301; or the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, 57 Country Place, Springfield, IL 62703.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/31/2018


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