Robert “Pete” Allen Childers, 66, of Washington, passed away at 2am Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his home.
Visitation will be from 10am to noon Monday, December 30, 2019 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington followed by a funeral service Monday at noon with Pastor Mary Arnold officiating. Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded following the service.
Pete was born in Selmer, TN to Robert and Johnnie Plunk Childers on June 28, 1953. He married Diana Ballard in East Peoria, IL on May 13, 1978.
Pete is survived by his wife of 41 years, Diana Childers; his daughter, Kari Childers of Washington; two sisters, Lucy Roese of East Peoria, Jo (Steve) Peterson of Washington; brother, Kenneth (Barb) Childers of Washington; two grandchildren, Nick and Mike Vincent; five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Eddie Cagle; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Johnnie; three siblings, Nellie, Carol and Lonnie; and a daughter, Janice.
Pete attended Washington Community High School. He later attended and graduated from the College of Technology in Bloomington, IL. He graduated from the Painters Local 157 apprenticeship. Pete held many jobs, but worked as a painter out of Local 157 for many years. His most recent job was working for Illinois State University where he just retired in July 2019. He was an active member of the Painters Local 157 union, Painters District Council 30 and held several positions within the local.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Illinois CancerCare.
On December 25, 2019 the lord came and brought another one home. Pete was a good man who provided well for his family. He always had a smile and a kind word, never knowing a stranger. He was the type of person that if you needed him, he would be there without hesitation. He enjoyed family gatherings, boating, and in his early years hunting. He was an active member of Painters Local 157, achieving lifetime membership.
Pete could take a bad situation and make you laugh. He will be dearly missed
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