Raymond E. Hart, 84, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

He was born Aug. 8, 1927, in Roubidoux, son of Jessie and Clara Hancock Hart. He and Carolyn Tomas were married Dec. 31, 1959, in Peoria, Ill. She died March 10, 1996.

He was a 1945 graduate of Houston High School. He was a veteran of the Navy. He served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific from April 1946 to January 1948.

He retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 31 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking and building things for his family. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed watching any team his nephew, Jim Thome, played for.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, two brothers, Albert and James Allen Hart; and a sister, Lauretta Smith.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Allred of Morton, Ill., and Michelle Miller of Tremont, Ill.; a son, Mike Hart of East Peoria, Ill.; a sister, Shirley Scowden of Carthage; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were Tuesday, May 29, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, Ill., with the Rev. Gary Salm officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois or to the Methodist Medical Center Hospice Program.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.

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