Pete Cervi

April 27, 1922 - December 08, 2012

Pete Cervi, 90, of Oconee, died Saturday, December 8, 2012 in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. He was born April 27, 1922 in Girard, IL, the son of Tony & Mary Lira Cervi. Pete attended Nilwood, Hazelwood and Girard schools, graduating from Girard High School in 1940. He went to Joliet and worked for a plaster contractor and then at an ammunition plant. He went to welding school at night in Lockport, IL and went to work in the shipyards in California. He became a certified high pressure pipe welder. Pete served in the U. S. Army Air Force. He was shipped out from Boston on the English ship Dutchess of Bedford arriving in England. He loaded bombs and did maintenance on guns and bomb racks in Lavenham, England. He was with the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force which completed 195 missions in World War II. After the war he came back to Oconee where he bought a farm. He lived his entire life on a farm where they raised their children. He enjoyed bulldozing, working with the cattle and helping with the crops. But what he cherished most was his wonderful family and his friends. In 2009 Pete was able to go to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight for WWII veterans. In 2010 he enjoyed a trip to Italy to see where his parents grew up and meet relatives. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Roy Ireland American Legion Post #317, both in Oconee.
Pete married Amy Lou Bell on August 16, 1952 in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rolla, MO.
He is survived by his children: Pete Cervi, Jr., Oconee, IL; Joe Cervi & wife Norma, Owaneco, IL; Sharon Neal, Virden, IL; Karen Davidson & husband Bill, Bristol, TN; Carol Nixon & husband Dan, San Antonio, TX; and JoAnn Bumgardner & husband Phil, Ramsey, IL; grandchildren: Isaac, Ben, Evan, Margaret, Chad, Mark, Stephanie, Nicole, Emily, Cody, Jessica, Stacy, Jackie, Bridget, George, Pat, Clare, Ryan, Michael, David, & Dylan; great granddaughter: Elliott; & sister: Anna Mae Kayser, Alton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Amy on January 15, 2008; daughters: Janet Sterling, Cheryl Brown; son, Jim Cervi; granddaughter, Savannah Jo Cervi; brothers: Joe Cervi, Albert Cervi, Tony Cervi and sisters: Louise Hill and Julia Snoble.

Funeral Information

Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Sacred Heart Church, Oconee at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Rodney A. Schwartz officiating. Burial will be in Cress Hill Cemetery, Hillsboro with graveside military rites by Roy Ireland American Legion Post #317, Oconee. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.

Donations Information

Memorials were made to the Sacred Heart Church, Oconee or donor's choice.


Visitation:  McCracken-Dean Funeral Home

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