Roger Arends, 77, of Peoria, passed away at 11:10 p.m. on Monday January 9, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center.
Roger was born July 5, 1934, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Edward & Garnet Trantina Arends. He married Bertha Hallor in Peoria on January 28, 1955. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters Kelly Jo (Michael)Wroblewski, and Tambria Jeanne Arends both of Peoria; one son Michael Eugene (Michelle) Arends of Germantown Hills; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Roger was preceded in death by one son, Mark Kevin "Nik", and one daughter Susan Lynne Lord, and a brother Laverne Arends.
He was a Captain at the Peoria Fire Department before retiring after 33 ½ years.
He was a member of the Kickapoo Archery Club, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Peoria FireFighter's Retirees. Roger was an avid bow hunter and devoted family man. He made sure all his grandchildren took hunter's safety courses and participated in youth hunts.
The funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday January 14, 2012. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-8 at Davison- Fulton -Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or The American Heart Association.
Please visit Roger's story at www.woosley-wilton.com.