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William Prokup Jr.

PERU — William C. Prokup Jr., 53, of Peru died unexpectedly at 10:18 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

Bill was born on June 17, 1964 in Spring Valley to William and Patricia (Dean) Prokup. He married Bonnie Pohar on Nov. 25, 1989, in Resurrection Church in LaSalle.

Bill graduated from St. Bede Academy in 1982 and received his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1986.

Bill was truly a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. His greatest joy in life was his family. Bill was a humble, kind and generous man. He supported all those he was close to, giving his time to so many. He enjoyed traveling with his family, cooking family dinners, and watching his children, nieces and nephews play various sports.

He was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. Bill was a dedicated volunteer of St. Bede. He coached softball at St. Bede for four years, taking the 2013 Lady Bruins to the state tournament.

Bill will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife, Bonnie; his mother, Patricia Prokup of Peru; two daughters, Bekki ( John) Root of Bloomington and Barbi Prokup of Chicago; one grandson, Johnny Root; three sisters, Barbara Prokup Perino of Westerly, R.I., Julie (Fort) Miller of Granville and Jill (Scott) Tice of Montgomery; two brothers, Michael (Kim) Prokup of Granville and James Prokup of Dalzell; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Prokup Sr., and his father-in-law, John Pohar Jr.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Worship Assembly Building at St. Bede with Abbott Philip Davey, O.S. B., officiating. Burial will follow at St. Vincent’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Bede. The Slovenian Women's Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Matt and John Perino, Adam and Alex Lenkaitis, Allyson and Annie Miller, Stephanie Prokup, Julia Pohar, Chuck Hundley and Tom Payton. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Dean, Bob Ficek and Johnny Root.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bede for the family's wishes to install an outdoor SBA sportswear and snack shack.

The Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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