John Robert Garske, 53, of West Peoria, passed away at 6:37 a.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He passed peacefully, while surrounded by his loving family. John will forever be remembered for his kind and gentle heart.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria, with visitation one hour prior to services.
John was born on October 10, 1960 in Saginaw, MI, a son of William J. Garske, Sr. and Jane F. (Greketis) Garske Lough. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Al Lough.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Patricia, of Leesburg, FL; mother, of West Peoria; sister, Margie (Harold) Stark of Peoria and her children, Carrie, Rachel and Ashley, brother, Richard (Diane) Garske of West Peoria and his children, Christopher and Michael, brother, William J. Garske Jr. (Carolyn) of Camden, ME and his children, William III and Jared, and brother, Thomas (Tasha) Garske of Bartonville and his children, Brittany and Ethan; and great nieces and nephews.
John was last employed by Peoria Colonial Baking Company.
Everyone who knew John would agree that he had a beautiful smile and was the kindest man in the world, with the sweetest mannerisms. He was so gentle, especially with babies. Often times, he would willingly allow nieces and nephews to lie next to him. He was always extra gentle with the little ones.
He loved chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, chocolate ice cream, strawberries, pizza, cheeseburgers, fast cars and automobile magazines, John Wayne, Westerns, Mash and Ron White.
After his motorcycle accident on September 5, 1981, he went from a sensitive, strong and driven young man to a sweet, innocent and beautiful person.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Peoria Chapter of the Illinois Brain Injury Group Foundation.