VeteranJerry Trone

Jerry TroneJerry Alan Trone, 64, of Pekin died at 6:28 a.m. Aug. 19, 2009, at his home.

He was born Nov. 17, 1944, in Rushville, a son of Collis and Ruth (Stambaugh) Trone. He married Sharon Conner on Sept. 24, 1969, in Macomb.

Surviving are his wife; his mother of Shelton, Conn.; one son, Chad (and Julie) Trone of Peoria; one daughter, Angela Trone of Pekin; two brothers, David (and Sharon) Trone of Keokuk, Iowa, and Eddie (and Gloria) Trone of Folkston, Ga.; one sister, Linda (and Greg) Cerminara of Shelton; and four grandchildren.

He served as a crew chief in the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam War.

He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years, retiring in February 2007 as a division manager. Previously he had worked for K.K. Stevens Publishing Company in Astoria as the assistant plant superintendent.

He was a member of Church of Christ in East Peoria, where he served as a deacon.

Services were held Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, with Rev. Zack Cox officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorials may be made to Melanoma Research Foundation, 170 Township Line Rd., Building B, Hillsborough, N.J., 08844 or Hospice Compassus, 2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 24, Peoria, IL 61615.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/26/2009