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     John Robert Garske, 53, of West Peoria, passed away at 6:37 a.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He passed peacefully, while surrounded by his loving family. John will forever be remembered for his kind and gentle heart.
     Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria, with visitation one hour prior to services.
     John was born on October 10, 1960 in Saginaw, MI, a son of William J. Garske, Sr. and Jane F. (Greketis) Garske Lough. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Al Lough.
     He is survived by his father and stepmother, Patricia, of Leesburg, FL; mother, of West Peoria; sister, Margie (Harold) Stark of Peoria and her children, Carrie, Rachel and Ashley, brother, Richard (Diane) Garske of West Peoria and his children, Christopher and Michael, brother, William J. Garske Jr. (Carolyn) of Camden, ME and his children, William III and Jared, and brother, Thomas (Tasha) Garske of Bartonville and his children, Brittany and Ethan; and great nieces and nephews.
     John was last employed by Peoria Colonial Baking Company.
     Everyone who knew John would agree that he had a beautiful smile and was the kindest man in the world, with the sweetest mannerisms. He was so gentle, especially with babies. Often times, he would willingly allow nieces and nephews to lie next to him. He was always extra gentle with the little ones.
     He loved chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, chocolate ice cream, strawberries, pizza, cheeseburgers, fast cars and automobile magazines, John Wayne, Westerns, Mash and Ron White.
     After his motorcycle accident on September 5, 1981, he went from a sensitive, strong and driven young man to a sweet, innocent and beautiful person.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Peoria Chapter of the Illinois Brain Injury Group Foundation.

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C.Bouguet My deepest condolences October 11, 2018
My condolences, as feelings of pain and bitterness become unbearable. It is my desire to convey a comforting thought based on the Holy Scriptures
  John 5:28 "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out."
This passage speaks of the resurrection of our loved ones. It is not God's plan to see us suffer and die, so He extends the following invitation to us: "Come near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8)
Please go to the following link to obtain more information regarding the Hope expressed in this passage and again we are sorry for your loss.
Hendrick Polanco My deepest condolences October 10, 2014

My deepest condolences.  May these few words from the Holy Scriptures bring you comfort in your time of grief...

John 11:32-45

32 And so Mary, when she arrived where Jesus was and caught sight of him, fell at his feet, saying to him: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping and the Jews that came with her weeping, groaned in the spirit and became troubled; 34 and he said: “Where have YOU laid him?” They said to him: “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus gave way to tears. 36 Therefore the Jews began to say: “See, what affection he used to have for him!” 37 But some of them said: “Was not this [man] that opened the eyes of the blind man able to prevent this one from dying?”

38 Hence Jesus, after groaning again within himself, came to the memorial tomb. It was, in fact, a cave, and a stone was lying against it.39 Jesus said: “TAKE the stone away.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him: “Lord, by now he must smell, for it is four days.”40 Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Therefore they took the stone away. Now Jesus raised his eyes heavenward and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 True, I knew that you always hear me; but on account of the crowd standing around I spoke, in order that they might believe that you sent me forth.” 43 And when he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice: “Laz´a·rus, come on out!” 44The [man] that had been dead came out with his feet and hands bound with wrappings, and his countenance was bound about with a cloth. Jesus said to them: “Loose him and let him go.”

45 Therefore many of the Jews that had come to Mary and that beheld what he did put faith in him;

Please go to the following link for more information regarding the Hope expressed in this passage

Can the Dead Really Live Again? 

Joan gauwitz John Garske October 6, 2014
Jane - my prayers and condolences to you and your family.  I remember John as a caring and generous young man.   
James Berger sorry for your loss October 6, 2014
Sorry for the familys loss.
John Garske Condolence October 5, 2014
You all have our sympathy and prayers. Ray and Anne Lockhart
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