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Albert "Peter" Gavin

Died: Friday, December 21, 2012
Age: 88
Albert “Peter” Gavin, 88, of Metamora, Ill., passed away at 1:08 a.m., Friday Dec. 21, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

He was born on April 7, 1924, in Lake Geneva, the son of Paul and Blanche Robinson Gavin. He married Leona Brandt in Evanston, Ill. on July 20, 1946. She passed away on March 6, 2010, in Metamora.

He was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, known for his peaceful patience and friendly smile. He loved gardening, boating, woodworking, walking, playing bridge and online Scrabble with his children. After spending many years in Downers Grove, Ill., raising his family, Peter was blessed to spend 18 retirement years in Arkansas on the beautiful Bull Shoals Lake with his wife. Many gatherings and vacations were enjoyed there by all of his family. His family and friends will dearly miss him.

A U.S. Navy veteran, he worked for Argonne National Lab as a chemical engineer for more than 25 years, retiring in 1984. His prized accomplishment was the invention of the sodium immersible high temperature microphone.

Peter was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Metamora and was a resident at Snyder Village Assisted Living for three years, where he participated in many activities and loved to walk all around the Snyder Village community greeting all he met with a smile.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Gloria) Gavin, Argentona, Spain, Nancy (Dan) Rybaski, Lyndon Station, Joan (Dave) Brown, Paris Ill., Marcia (Jim) Kaplan, Lisle, lll., and Dan (Lisa) Gavin, Brimfield, Ill.; two sons-in-law, Dan Faust, Shelton, Wash., and Waldo Goff, Crawford, Neb., 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Florence Gavin, Sinsinawa.

His parents; two daughters, Carol Goff and Mary Faust; three brothers, Tom, Bob, and Paul; and one sister Helena, preceded him in death.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of the caring staff at Snyder Village Assisted Living and Methodist Medical Center seventh floor for their loving care during his recent illness. The prayers and support of all family and friends are also greatly appreciated.

Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m., Saturday Dec. 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Metamora, with the Rev. Don Roszkowski celebrating. Visitation at 9:30 and until time of service also at the church. Burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name to Assisted Living at Snyder Village.

Notes of condolences for the family may be sent to www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

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