Eugene T. Schlink, 88 of Peoria passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, IL.
He was born January 10, 1927 in Peoria, Illinois, the son of George V. and Rosa Mary (Roth) Schlink. He married Marilyn A. Smith on May 9, 1953. She preceded him in death in 2010.
Surviving are his children, Steven T. Schlink, Melinda A. Schlink, Michael E. (Parker) Schlink, Thomas D. (Deirdre) Schlink and Amy L. (James) Bankston, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister and four brothers.
Gene was a life-long Peorian, growing up on the east bluff. He attended St. Bernard's Grade School and Spalding Institute. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served honorably until he was discharged after the end of WWII. He then attended the University of Illinois earning a degree in pharmacology and worked as a Pharmacist for more than 40 years.
Gene was a founding member of the Peoria Orchid Society.
He enjoyed volunteering for the American Red Cross for many years and assisted them at ground zero in New York City after 9-11.
In retirement, Gene traveled extensively overseas and loved to share his travel stories with anyone that would bend an ear. He was rarely seen without wearing his signature French beret. He spent many hours learning about the art and history of the places he visited and would bring back unique souvenirs for his children.
Gene donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois.
He attended St. Philomena Catholic Church in Peoria, where a memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to St. Philomena Catholic Church, the American Red Cross or to the donor's choice.
Gene's online memorial website maybe viewed at www.cumerford.com
11:00 AM (CDT)
St. Philomenia Catholic Church
3300 North 112 Oak Drive
Peoria, IL 61604
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