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PEKIN ~ April Dawn (Buck) Balcom, 55, of Pekin, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 at Washington Christian Village in Washington.

She was born April 1, 1961 in Pekin to Clarence Daniel, Jr. and Gloria (Imel) Buck.

Surviving are three sons, Corey Dozard of East Peoria, Nate (Maren McCoy) Dozard and Jake Dozard, both of Pekin; five grandchildren; her father, Clarence Buck, Jr. of Pekin; four brothers, Ed (Sandy) Buck, Dan (Marcia) Buck, and Kevin Buck, all of Pekin, and Mike (Brenda) Buck of Peoria; two sisters, Allison (Dan) Gebhart of East Peoria and Sandra Sims of Peoria.

She was preceded in death by her mother and one sister, Carol Tjarks.

April cleaned homes for many years.  Her family was a big part of her life, especially her grandchildren.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL  61614.

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