George Lee Howard Staley, 82, of Edwards, passed away at 12:55 PM on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at his home. He was born on September 2, 1937 in Peoria, IL to Elbert Wesley and Nellie Marie (Taylor) Staley. He married Mary Leann Strode on July 14, 1973 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington, IL. She survives.
George is survived by his three children, Denice (Doug) Hire of Bartonville, IL, Mike (Kim) Staley of Elmwood, IL, and Chris (Kathy Pierce) Staley of Gilson, IL; one sister, LaVada (Cliff) Knepper of Vero Beach, FL; three brothers, Nyle (Linda) Staley of Hanna City, IL, Lyle (Sue) Staley of Canton, IL, and David (Kay) Staley of Trivoli, IL; five grandchildren, Michael Staley, Jennifer Gill, Krista Wilson, Jason Hire, and Heather Staley; and five great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by is parents, three brothers, Everett Staley, E.W. “J.R.” Staley, and Stephen Staley; three sisters, Lucille Taylor, Helen Walker and Sharon Harris; and one grandson, Jared Taylor Staley.
George proudly worked out of I.U.O.E Local #649 as a heavy equipment operator with 55 years of service. He was a treasurer of Local #649 and on the health and welfare board for 3 years. He was a member of the Alta Masonic Lodge #748 A.F. & A.M. He was also a member of the Early Ford V8 Club of America and the Chrysler Airflow Club of America. He attended Northwest United Methodist Church in Peoria, IL.
George and Mary had horses for many years and did a lot of trail riding. In 1983 George traded the horses for horses of a different type – street rods with horse power. George restored the street rods himself (with a little help from Mary). They traveled all over the United States showing their street rods and winning many, many trophies. After Mary retired, they bought a motor home and spent many winters in Florida.
Graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 14, 2020 at Trivoli Cemetery in Trivoli, IL. A visitation will be held from 4-6 PM on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Pastor Miranda Denler will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Northwest United Methodist Church in Peoria, IL. To leave online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
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