McLEAN - Franklin W. Mowery, 83, McLean, passed away at 10:32 p.m. Monday (Nov. 27, 2006) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth. The Rev. Kurt Flora and the Rev. Nadine Preston will officiate. Burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, McLean, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the McLean Rescue Squad; the Heyworth Ambulance service; or the United Methodist Church, McLean.
Mr. Mowery was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Vanduser, Mo., a son of Charles W. and Lena C. Cannon Mowery. He married Olive V. David on June 16, 1946, in Tamms. She passed away Dec. 11, 2003.
Surviving are two sons, Larry W. (Judy) Mowery, Heyworth, and Gary W. Mowery, McLean; two daughters, Mary G. (Roger) Johnson, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Teri L. (Joseph) Havertine, Itasca; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
Franklin was a farmer from 1946 to 1971; he worked at State Farm Insurance from 1971 to 1978; and he worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation from 1978 to 1991. He was also a police officer for the Village of McLean and McLean County and was a security guard for the Dixie Truckers Home. He was also a former McLean Village trustee.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 2nd Calvary 3rd Army Division and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Franklin was a life member of the Heyworth VFW Post 1559, a former commander of the McLean American Legion Post 573 and a member of the Bloomington AMVETS Post 270.
He attended the United Methodist Church of McLean.