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Eugene "Gene" A. Slizewski

June 29, 1940 ~ June 22, 2020 (age 79)

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Eugene A. Slizewski (Gene), 79 of East Peoria, IL passed away Monday June 22, 2020 at 6:50 PM surrounded by his family at Lakeview Nursing Center.

Born June 29, 1940 in Chicago, IL to Eugene and Frances (Belecky) Slizewski. Gene completed high school and worked in the Chicago area where he met his first wife. He married Shirley M. Robinson in 1961, had two children of his own, adopted her 4 children and moved to Missouri to raise his family. Gene met and married his soul mate Sandy K. Finson and spent 50 wonderful years together. Surviving are his wife, Sandy of East Peoria, IL; one son David Slizewski of Peoria, IL; two daughters Gena Platt (Slizewski) of East Peoria, IL and Karen Barwick of Washington, IL. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Shirley; and his only sibling, Edward W. Slizewski.

Gene moved to East Peoria, IL in the mid 70’s with his family and work at P&PU Railroad. He started a small mobile wielding business and spent Saturday nights at The Peoria Speedway. Gene then turned to long haul trucking enjoying the open road for many years. Gene left the open road and continue driving part-time for several business in the Peoria area. Gene retired his driving career at the Peoria Charter Bus Company.

Gene enjoyed walking his cat, antique car shows, stock car races, motorcycle rallies, poker runs, movies, and classical music. His favorite pastime was riding his Goldwing Motorcycle across the U.S. with Sandy on back and his biker friends alongside. Gene’s favorite meeting place at home was Mel’s Diner. Gene loved being in his garage tinkering with motors and inventing unusual vehicles. Gene also loved spending time with all his grandchildren as well.

He will fondly be remembered by his family and friends as always loving, generous, and supportive along with being a nurturing and caring person.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Services TBD.

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