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George W. Van Meter, 76, of Minonk, passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at OSF St. James Hospital in Pontiac.

He was born August 27, 1939 in Rockwood, IL to Murray and Edna (Smith) Van Meter. He married Phyllis Wilson on December 13, 1968 in Eureka, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is one son Andy Van Meter of Washburn; two daughters, Tammy Van Meter and Angela (Chad) Willhite both of Washburn; two sisters Linda Bare of Easton, IL; Marie Ann (Duane) Kinney of Coulterville, IL; one brother Delbert (Kathy) Van Meter of Ellis Grove, IL; six grandchildren Joshua, Andrew, Zachary, Jesse, Rebecca, Sydney; and 3 great-grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one grandson Jacob.

George worked at Caterpillar and was a member of UAW for 34 years, retiring in 1992. He then worked at Eureka College in Food Service for 22 years before recently retiring in 2015.

George was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and woodworking. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Friday, April 29, 2016 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk, IL. Rev. Bryan Burris will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to services from 10 a.m. till 12 noon at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded. His cremains will be laid to rest at a later date in Davidson Cemetery.

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