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Richard “Rich” H. Cleek

Richard “Rich” H. Cleek, 75, of Peoria, passed away at 9:40 pm on Monday, July 1, 2019 at his residence. He was born on October 2, 1943 in Coalmont, TN to Paul and Geraldine (Sanders) Cleek. He married Ordella Cooper on June 20, 1981 in Nevada, she survives.

Also surviving are five children, Kathy (Greg) Hunt of Holt, MO, Cheryl (Tim) Ludwig of Shell Knob, MO, Richard (Stacy) Spring of Slidell, LA, Kelly (Darin) Denisar of Jacksonville, IL, and Misty Hewitt of Peoria, IL; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Rich retired from Caterpillar after 31 years of service. He was a member of the Bartonville American Legion Post 979.

Rich served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Bartonville American Legion. Graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 am on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria, IL. Pastor Rick Sommers will officiate. Memorials can be made to the Bartonville American Legion Post 979. To make online condolences you may go to



    Reply July 2, 2019 6:21 pm

    So very sorry for your loss!

  • Tina Lepretre

    Reply July 3, 2019 7:05 am

    So very sorry to learn of the loss of your Husband………my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family!!


    Reply July 3, 2019 7:18 am

    so sorry for your loss everyone. He is gonna be greatly missed. Im sure gonna miss him saying larue larue larue. Until we meet again Richie rich rich

  • Kathleen Marsh

    Reply July 3, 2019 5:45 pm

    So sorry for your loss Sis. Richie was a great guy. Prayers for you and your family. Kathy Marsh

  • Jim and Karleen Heinz

    Reply July 3, 2019 10:43 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you all during your time of grief. HUGS and Prayers!!

  • Robert Warren

    Reply July 4, 2019 3:12 pm

    Rich was a great FREIND of mine since 1974 , We both loved Old Country music & old cars & trucks . That was what you call “ The Good ole days” , long gone now. Rich was a GREAT PERSON. 🐢

  • Gary

    Reply July 5, 2019 9:22 am

    So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. I worked with him at the Cat Mapleton plant. He was always a joy to be around. I met Rich through another friend of his Tom Stewart. We were always joking around with each other and it would make the day go by quicker. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. 🙏🏼☹️

  • Ronald Feagin

    Reply July 5, 2019 9:28 am

    Knew Rich from Trewyn. Had many good times thru the years. He was one of the nice guy. RIP old friend.

  • peggy Kelly

    Reply July 5, 2019 5:19 pm

    Sorry to hear about Rich passing prayers for you and your family.

  • Christine Tyre

    Reply July 5, 2019 8:29 pm

    The entire Ball family would like to extend our condolences to Sis and her family. Richie was a good friend of my dad’s since their days at Trewyn. I will never forget going to Rich and Sis’s every Christmas Eve to drag my dad out to get him to our family get together at my Aunt Barb’s. Lol. Richie and my dad had so many good times together over their 60 year friendship. Now Richie and my dad can be together once again! We are so sorry to hear about this and we’re sending you all big hugs! Love Chris, Cathy, Colletta, and Billie Ball

  • Bernie Lee

    Reply July 6, 2019 1:00 pm

    When my feeble life is o’er … Time for me will be no more… Guide me gently, safely o’er.. To Thy Kingdom’s shore, to Thy shore
    Patsy Cline
    Farewell old friend. May your Soul Rest In Peace

  • Brenda and Bernie Lee

    Reply July 7, 2019 9:14 am

    Goodbye Uncle Richie. You were not just our uncle but also our friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to Sis and the rest of your family. You will truly be missed but we know that you and Tom Stewart are already raising cain in heaven.
    God Bless your family and may your soul forever Rest In Peace.

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