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MORTON - George B. Mahrt Jr., 84, a resident of 212 E. Hazelwood St., Morton, for 44 years, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 26, 2006).

He was born in Peoria on Jan. 16, 1922, the son of George B. and Lorena Kellerstrass Mahrt. He married Eileen A. Ruhaak on Sept. 11, 1948, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Peoria. She died on Nov. 25, 1984, in Peoria.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald R. Mahrt; and one granddaughter, Renee M. Mahrt.

Survivors include his 11 children, Pamela (Timothy) Heinz, Bartonville; Mary (Lanny) Beecham, Tremont; Richard (Lucy) Mahrt, Varna; Diane Mahrt, Morton; Ronald (Vicky) Mahrt, Groveland; Daniel (Cathy) Mahrt. Bloomington; David (Robin) Mahrt, Morton; Angela (Gregory) Riley, Morton; Denise (Christopher) Ragusa, East Peoria; Steven (Vicki) Mahrt, East Peoria; and Robert Mahrt of Macomb; and one sister, Colleen Clancy of Brookfield, Wis.

Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, Luke, Matt and Christopher Heinz, Keri (David) Hughs, Julie Beecham, Jessica Gresk, Nick, Nichole, Samantha, Laura, Adam and Andrew Mahrt, Jonathan Riley, Aaron and Ashley Ragusa, and Elizabeth and Jeremy Mahrt; five stepgrandchildren, Brianna and Kayla Weaver, Adam (Nikki) Frye, and Ryan and Stephanie Frye; one great-granddaughter, Emma Heinz; and one stepgreat-grandson, Austin Frye.

He was raised in Peoria, graduated from St. Patrick's Grade School in 1935, Spalding Institute in 1939 and attended St. Benedict's College in Atchison, Kan., from 1940 to 1942.

On Oct. 6, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II at Pearl Harbor and Midway Island. He was a member of American Legion Post 2, where he served two years as vice-commander and also served as a committee member of the Sons' of the American Legion Drum & Bugle Corps.

In the summer of 1938, he started his steamfitter apprenticeship at Crowley Brother's Plumbing & Heating. Upon his return from military duty he was employed for many years with Johnson Controls. He worked out of Peoria Steamfitter's Local 353 and was a member for 64 years. He retired in 1985.

He was also a member of the Izaak Walton League of Peoria, The Knights of Columbus with Spalding Council 427 and Father Raho Council 4194, The Old Timer's Baseball Association, and was a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 178 for numerous years. He bowled in the Peoria Auto Parts Bowling League, Tazma Bowling League and St. Ann's Men's Club Bowling League, and held Rivermen Hockey season tickets for many years.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria, with recitation of the rosary at 8 p.m. Additional visitation will be one hour before the celebration of a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Church in Morton, where he was a member. Rev. Mark DeSutter and Rev. Eugene Finnell will officiate. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria, where military rites will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Renee Mahrt Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of CEFCU, in memory of his granddaughter.

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