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William J. “Bill” Lents, 79, of East Peoria, passed away Sunday (Dec. 3, 2017) at his home, surrounded by his family.

Bill was born Dec. 8, 1937, in Bridgewater, Iowa, to John and Muriel Parker Lents. He married Jacqueline Winter on Sept. 8, 1962, in Morton.

Surviving are his wife, Jackie Lents, East Peoria; daughter, Shannon (Chad) Dillefeld, Peoria; and four grandchildren, Anna, J. Michael, Noah and William Tedford, and their father, John Tedford. He is also survived by three brothers, Tom (Polly) Lents, Larry (Judy) Lents and Roger (Shirley) Lents; one sister, Carole (David) Followwill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill had a close relationship with his wife’s eight siblings and their spouses.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jeffrey; his daughter, Shelley; and his mother- and father-in-law, Lillian and Edward Winter.

Bill worked in quality assurance at Caterpillar.

He was a member of American Legion Post 318.

Bill was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals. He always looked forward to playing golf and was very involved in the prison ministry through Faith, Hope, and Love at Pontiac Correctional Center.

Bill loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and found great humor in telling his many jokes to people.

His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Crosspoint Church, East Peoria, with Pastor Josh Gutteridge officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Morton, and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery, Morton, where full military rites will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois CancerCare; Crosspoint Church, East Peoria; or Faith, Hope, and Love Prison Ministry.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Vitas Healthcare Angels and to the staff at Illinois CancerCare.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.

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