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Everett 'Leon' Renfrow

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[July 21, 2011]  ATLANTA -- Everett "Leon" Renfrow, 84, of Atlanta, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at 8 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Randy Unger will officiate.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and inurnment will be in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln.

Mr. Renfrow spent his life farming in Eminence Township and worked at Pittsburg Paint & Glass in Lincoln.

He served in the U.S. Army from May 1945 through October 1947 on the islands of Guam and Saipan.

He was born on June 19, 1927, in Louisville, Ky. His parents were Taplia Marion and Marie Birkley Renfrow. He married Margaret Van Hoorn on July 13, 1946, in Hartsburg. They had been married nearly 64 years when she died on June 3, 2010.

He is survived by two daughters, Connie (and Tom) Wertheim of Atlanta and Linda (and Kim) Shepherd of Normal; two sisters, Dorothy Clenin of Hopedale and Marian Thompson of Atlanta; eight grandchildren, Amy Wertheim, Greg Wertheim, Julie (and Erin) Mulliken, Jeff Doss, Joel Doss, Jeanene (and Trent) Gilbert, Chris Shepherd and Lindsey Shepherd; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas Flach, Annika Wertheim, Skyler Doss, Anthony Cheek, Faith Cheek, Andrew Cheek and Dustin Cheek; one step-great-granddaughter, Korri Gilbert; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Beverly Jean Cruz; two brothers, Taplia "Junior" Renfrow and James Renfrow; and two sisters, Lucy Boyer and Helen Hayes.

Leon was a member of American Legion 341 and the Atlanta Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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