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MORTON - Gherel E. Platis, 76, of Morton, passed away at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born May 16, 1940, in Champaign, Ill., to George and Gwendolyn (Wise) Platis. He married Carolyn Bauer on April 24, 1960, in East Peoria, Ill. and later married Martha Binkele on Feb. 11, 1983, in Morton.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Binkele of Pekin; three daughters, Crystal Elaine (Alan) Probyn of Peoria, Kimberly Mitchell of Washburn, Tenn., and Katrina (Dave) Lakin of Pekin; one sister, Sharron Bock of Pontiac; two brothers, Nicholas (Pam) Platis of Decatur and Paul (Doris) Platis of Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gherel worked as a Circulation Manager for Tazewell Publishing Co. from 1960-1961. He later worked for Herget Bank as a Systems Analyst and retired in April 2002 after 35 years of employment with Caterpillar, Inc. where he worked as a Systems Engineer.
He was a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 916 in Pekin and life fellowship of the Moose, 2nd and 3rd Level.
Gherel was a member of the Community United Church of Christ in Morton, where he enjoyed participating in the choir.
He also served as a chairman of the Property Board of his church.
Visitation will be held at Community United Church of Christ from 10-10:45 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hirstein Cemetery in Morton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community United Church of Christ, or St. Jude.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

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