Dr. Charles Lee Alcorn, 89, of Peoria, passed away at 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at his home.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria, with Chaplain Frank Valente officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015, also at the funeral home.
Charles was born on October 8, 1925 in Orlando, FL, a son of Claude and Bessie (Strickland) Alcorn. They preceded him in death, along with three brothers. He married Melinda Lee (McCracken) McVey on July 1, 1976 in Mossville. She survives.
He is also survived by his children, Eden Thorne of Tallahassee, FL, Amy Alcorn of Honolulu, HI, Andy Alcorn Sr. of Grayslake, Eric (Amy) McVey of Cedar Rapids, IA and Joseph Alcorn of McCarthy, AK; grandchildren, Mary (Jarrod) Heltsley, Michelle Thorne, Julianne Alcorn, Andy (Megan) Alcorn Jr., Jeffrey McVey and Kaitlyn McVey; and his first great grandchild is expected in August. He also had a special relationship with his sister and brother in-law, Paula and Phil Pruett, his niece and nephew, Lee and Natan Ben-Yonatan, and their children, Theo and Charlie.
Charles was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, as a boatswain mate on the USS Calvert, piloting Marines onto the beaches in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He served from October of 1942 through November of 1945.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College in 1955, graduating Cum Laude, his Master of Arts from MacMurray College in 1956 and his Doctorate of Philosophy from Walden University in 1972.
Dr. Alcorn served as a School Psychologist for District 150 from 1969 through 1990. After his retirement, he served as a part-time School Psychologist for several districts in Central Illinois. Prior to his work with District 150, he served as a Psychologist and Professor in Illinois and Mississippi.
He enjoyed traveling, especially to Great Britain, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Arizona. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, cooking, attending theatre and musical concerts and watching Chicago Bears football and Chicago Cubs baseball.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to UnityPoint Hospice in Peoria or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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