Bennie C. “Ben” Edwards

Bennie C. “Ben” Edwards, 84, of Morton passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. Ben was born on May 6, 1935 in Selmer, TN. He married Margie Elliott on September 10, 1976 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving is one son, Gary (Gracita) Edwards of Princeville; one step-son, Chuck (Liberty) Heynen of FL; two step-daughters, Sharon McGill of Peoria and Liz (Tony) Suits of Morton; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bobbie Edwards of Selmer, TN.

He was preceded in death by one step-son; six brothers; and three sisters.

Ben worked for 42 years at Caterpillar, Inc., retiring in 1996 as an Account Coordinator. After his retirement, he worked as a golf ranger for the Peoria Park District. He also drove cars for several Peoria area car dealerships.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in the Peoria City Men’s Golf Tournament and was a 2002 past champion of the Super Senior Tournament. Ben and his wife, Margie, enjoyed traveling during the winter months in Florida and Texas.

A friends and family gathering will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at the Ivy Club, 5102 N. Galena Rd., Peoria Heights, IL 61616. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morton Fire & Paramedic Department, 300 W. Courtland St., Morton, IL 61550. Online condolences may be sent to the family at