1970 - 2016

William Joseph “Billy” Strope, 46, of Pekin, passed away at 1:44 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at his home.

Born July 22, 1970, in Pekin to William Henry and Patricia Barbara Tittel Strope. He married Jean Marie Abocejo May 31, 2013, in Pekin.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Strope of Pekin; his parents, Bill and Patty Strope of Pekin; one sister, Grace (Carl) Dane of Pekin; three nieces, Anne (Tyler) Mattice of Washington, Emilee (Chad) Weyhrich of Pekin and Mercedes (Nathan) Forero of Chicago; three great-nieces, Avery, Kinsey and Addison; and one great-nephew, Andrew.

A 1988 graduate of Pekin Community High School, Billy received his welding certificate from Illinois Central College in 1989. He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa – Upsilon Mu Chapter and the International Honor Society in 2008.

Billy worked at DMI-Case New Holland in Goodfield as a welder for 15 years and later at Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Bartonville for the past six years, last working in November 2016 as a Millwright Supervisor.

Per Billy’s wishes, there will be no services and cremation will be accorded.

Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to UnityPoint Hospice, 221 Northeast Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61636 or to the American Cancer Society, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.

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