OBITUARY - Lewis Ray "Peck" Abeln (brother of John Curtis Ablen); The State Journal-Register; Springfield, Illinois; Thursday, September 25, 2014 (GenealogyBank.com)
Lewis Ray "Peck" Abeln ATHENS, IL - Lewis Ray "Peck" Abeln, 84, passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Mary JoAnn Abeln, and his children, Brenda Abeln Connelly (husband, Ed) from Florida, Sheree Abeln Meyer of Athens, Diane Abeln Hester (husband, Tom) of Springfield, Dale Abeln (wife, Linda) of Cantrall, and Dean Abeln of Williamsville; and 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Peck was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Carrollton, Ill., the son of John Henry and Maude Elizabeth (Huff) Abeln. He had four sisters, Charlotte Ethell, Pauline Duigiud, Helen Gwillim, and Peggy Hurt; and six brothers, Kenneth Freer, John C. Abeln, Paul R. Abeln, Jim Abeln, Bobby Abeln and Charles E. Dixon. He married Mary JoAnn Beard on November 17, 1950. Peck honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He received the United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, and two Over Seas Bars. He was a member of the American Legion, the Masons, and the VFW in Athens, Ill., and served as the Commander of the American Legion for many years. He was a member of the Athens Christian Church. Peck worked for Fiat-Allis for 23 years and later retired with 12 years at the Secretary of State serving as a Security Guard. Peck's favorite pastimes were fishing with his family and spending time with friends. Visitation will be on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens. Rev. Ken Gennicks will be officiating. Burial will be held at Camp Butler Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. in Springfield, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Athens Christian Church in lieu of flowers. Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, Ill. On-line condolences can be shared at www.mottandhenning.com.