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Allen Ristow

February 15, 2018

PEORIA- Allen E. Ristow, 90, of Peoria passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Peoria. Allen was born on July 27, 1927 in Piper City, IL. the son of Carl and Madge (O'Brien) Ristow. He married Marilyn L. Swanson on April 27, 1952 in Paxton. She survives. Also surviving is one daughter, Debra A. (Tom) Harms of Chillicothe; one son, Marc A. (Kate) Ristow of Creston, CA; one granddaughter, Katie Ristow of Woodland Hills, CA; and one step-grandson, Dale (Jena) Harms of Chillicothe. He attended schools in Piper City, Il, graduating in1945 Allen was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Prairie Post 150, Paxton, Il. He worked for 33 years at GTE retiring in 1983. He had enjoyed volunteering in support of the Lion's Club, American Legion, Boy Scouts, and church activities at Paxton. A graveside funeral will be held for Allen with military honors at Swan Lake Memory Gardens on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11:00am. Memorials may be made to your choice of organization in memory of Allen. Allen's online memorial may be viewed at

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