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Mr. Richard "Blade" Jerome Mackjust

January 2, 1949 ~ September 22, 2019 (age 70)

Richard Jerome “Blade” Mackjust, 70, of Galesburg, formerly of Peru, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru with Monsignor Richard Soseman, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Peru officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Webster Park with full military rites conducted by the Peru Veterans Memorial Group.  Visitation will be 3-5:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Mackjust was born January 2, 1949 in Peru to Jerome and Jeanette (Gamache) Mackjust.  He was a graduate of LaSalle-Peru High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War.  He worked for 19 years at Carus Chemical.  He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Peru and enjoyed traveling, western movies, casinos and eating out.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan and especially enjoyed attending and watching the games.

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa M. (Scott) Huxtable of Toluca; his son, Douglas J. (Raeann Renner) Mackjust of Streator; two grandchildren, Ashley and Noah Mackjust and one great-granddaughter, Autumn; two sisters, Susan (Donald) DeGroot of Virginia Beach, VA and Linda (David) Ballard of Peru; several nieces and nephews; adopted granddaughter, Lindsay M. (fiancé, Jacob Hootman) Wells of Galesburg; and close friend, Tina Landon of Galesburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and one grandchild, Peyton.

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