EAST PEORIA ~ Michael L. Pearce, 64 of East Peoria died at 3:56 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria.
EAST PEORIA ~ Michael L. Pearce, 64 of East Peoria died at 3:56 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria. Born April 11, 1948, in Bradford, Ark., to Henry L. and Wanda L. (McAdams) Pearce, he married Carol Bayston on Nov. 21, 1970, in Chenoa. She survives. Also surviving are his mother of Pekin; one son, Tony Pearce of East Peoria; one daughter, Diana Pearce of Pekin; one brother, Rick (Mary) Pearce of Alice, Texas and one sister, Missy (Gary) Simpson of Pekin. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Sam. Michael had worked at Caterpillar, Inc. for 45 years, retiring in 2010. He was a member of the UAW Local #974. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Peoria where his memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The Rev. Dr. James R. Lillie will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial of cremated remains will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Cemetery in Morton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to help with medical expenses. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com