Verne B. Powley, 80, of Peoria, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Unity Point Health Methodist in Peoria.
A Memorial Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020 at University United Methodist Church in Peoria, where Verne was a member. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Verne was born on June 1, 1939 in Peoria, the son of Verne O. and Mildred (Strickler) Powley. He married Nancy Willard on September 27, 1959 in Peoria. She survives. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Choate; and an infant daughter, Leeann.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy of West Peoria; sons, Jack (Lori) Powley of Peoria and Charles (Debra) Powley of Columbia, MO; grandchildren, Amber (Mike) Szuch and Austin (Harley) Powley; great grandson, Nolan Szuch; five step grandchildren; and ten step great grandchildren.
Verne proudly serviced in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960. He then worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service in the downtown Peoria office for thirty-one years. He also worked in the mailrooms at Flemming and Potter for six years and CEFCU for fourteen years.
He was a Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 140 for several years. He was a director of the Chicago Cubs Boosters for 20 years and a past board member of the Arthritis Foundation. He also volunteered at Unity Point Health Methodist. Verne and his wife, Nancy, played an essential part in making West Peoria into a city. He was one of the first aldermen to serve West Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made in Verne's memory to the American Lung Association, Peoria Humane Society or to his church.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.
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