Peter Paul Yanush Sr., 82, of Sardis, passed away peacefully, Friday, May 15, surrounded by his family at his daughter’s home in Spring Valley, Illinois, after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Yanush was born June 29, 1932 in Eden Township, Illinois, to William and Stella (Mozaik) Yanush. He married Barbara Gumuski on Nov. 17, 1951, at the home of Barbara’s parents. They were married for 63 years. Barbara passed away in March 2015.
Mr. Yanush was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force. Together with his wife, Barbara, they farmed in Tonica, Illinois, for 50 years before retiring to Tennessee in 2005. He was also a semi-truck driver and drove a school bus for Tonica schools for many years. He was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed attending auctions and flea markets, playing card games with his wife, Barbara and doing jigsaw puzzles. He loved listening to country music, watching RFD-TV and tinkering in the shed with his “treasures.” He attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Spring Valley.
Suvivors include six children, Steve Yanush of Saltillo, Peggy (Jim) Bryan of Palmer, Alaska, Pete (Julie) Yanush Jr. of Oglesby, Illinois, Nancy (Cary) Hogan of Tucson, Arizona and Sierra Vista, Arizona, Lisa Yanush of Princeton, Illinois and Amy Yanush of Spring Valley, Illinois; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Annie Zubowski of LaSalle, Illinois; and his dog, Sophie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara; two children, Joseph and Mary; three grandchildren, April, Amy and Adam; one sister, Stella Chapman; one brother, John Yanush; three step-brothers and his beloved dogs, Spud and Freckles.
According to his wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private burial of cremains will be in Fairview Cemetery in Tonica, Illinois, at a later date. Peter’s children will plan a celebration of life for their parents for close family and friends. Arrangements are entrusted to Prey-Mueller Funeral Home in Oglesby, Illinois.
The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com.