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Sprinkle, Basil L.
Basil L. Sprinkle, 76, formerly of Galesburg died at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011 in East Peoria, Ill.

He was born January 24, 1935 in East Galesburg, Ill. the son of Henry and Evelyn Kemp Sprinkle. He married Patricia McLeese in Galesburg. He later married Colleen J. Allen on June 6, 1967 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on December 24, 2007.

He is survived by three sons, Greg Sprinkle of Galesburg, Hank (Karyn) Sprinkle of Palm Springs, Calif., and Matt (Krissy) Sprinkle of Peoria, Ill.; a step son, Melvin (Ingrid) Smith of Galesburg; friend of the family Kevin Norville; two daughters, Pammy Jo (Max) Allison of East Peoria, Ill. and Tammie (Jay) Vargas of Galesburg; one step daughter, Rose (Bob) St. George of Galesburg; his sister, Marlene Cooksey of Moline, Ill.; 19 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his sister, Bonnie.

Basil proudly served in the Army as an E-5 during the Korean War. He was an MP with the 1st Calvary 545th MP Company.

He worked as a cement mason and construction worker in Peoria and Galesburg area. He was a member of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge #185 in Abingdon and was a Shriner. Basil enjoyed hunting and spent numerous hours at the shooting range. He was an expert marksman and a mentor for many of the other members at the range. He enjoyed sharing coffee and stories with his friends at the Broadview. Basil attended the East Galesburg Community Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2011 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Military Rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Rev. Milton Marquith will officiate. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel with Masonic Services by the Abingdon Masonic Lodge #185 and Alpha Masonic Lodge #155 AF & AM following the visitation. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children Hospital or to Our Fallen Soldiers to help support military families. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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