ANNA — Thomas Walter Peeler, 88, of Peoria, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in OSF St. Francis in Peoria.

He was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Anna, to Thomas and Roxy Peeler. He lived most of his life in Peoria.

Tom was a legendary high school football coach. He finished his coaching career in 1984 at Richwoods High School, winning the State 5-A championship and completing an undefeated and untied season. He received many honors and awards including induction into the Tri-County Area Hall of Fame and Coach of the Year on numerous occasions. He loved his wife, Mary Ann, and is happy to finally be reunited with her in heaven. He was very proud of his sons, Tom, David, Jeff, and Greg, who all had the “pleasure” of playing for him. He is survived by all of his sons, their wives, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. His lasting legacy will be the values he instilled in the thousands of young men he had the privilege to coach.

The family will receive friends and those who knew Coach Peeler on from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, 2021 N. University St., Peoria. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. following the visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Richwoods High School Football Program, 6301 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61614.

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