|Birth: ||Apr. 27, 1913|
|Death: ||May 20, 2009|
PEORIA, IL - Harold E. Stoops, formerly of Peoria, Ill., died on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Brookdale Senior Living Care Center in Peoria, Ariz.
Harold was born on April 27, 1913, in Peoria, Ill., and recently celebrated his 96th birthday. He was the only child of Walter and Ethel Prohmer Stoops. He married Pauline Crow, his beloved wife, on Oct. 19, 1940, in Peoria, Ill.
Harold graduated from Peoria High School and attended Bradley University for two years.
He joined Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1978 and retired after a 36-year career as a steel buyer in the purchasing department. He continued to be a staunch supporter of the company throughout his life and was a member of the Caterpillar Retirees Club in the Sun City area. He also worked briefly in purchasing at O'Brien Steel Service before leaving the company due to his wife's illness and death on Nov. 3, 1980.
Harold was a dedicated volunteer at three different hospitals in the Peoria, Ill., area from 1980 to 1990. After moving permanently to Sun City in 1990, he became an active volunteer at the Westside Food Bank, where he repaired appliances for the thrift store.
Harold took great satisfaction in helping others and was proud of his contributions to the community.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Peoria, Ill., and the Lakeview Methodist Church in Peoria, Ariz., where he served on several committees.
An avid golfer, Harold had a lifelong passion for playing and watching the game.
He also was a member of the Fairway Woodworking Club at the Sun City Recreation Center and enjoyed his Tuesday mornings working at the shop making items for their benefit sales.
Surviving are his two daughters, Linda Aeschliman of Peoria, Ill., and Sheila Hoffmeyer of Sedona, Ariz.; his two sons, Walter of Lombard, Ill., and Lee of Urbana, Ill.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
His memorial service will be held on Friday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Peoria, Ill.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers donations are sent to First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61603.
Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 6/8/2009
Linda L. Stoops Aeschliman (1945 - 2009)*
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Record added: Jun 15, 2009
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