Born: October 26, 1977
Died: March 16, 2014
Julius Murray Crocker, 36, of Peoria passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at his residence.
Julius was born on October 26, 1977, in Oshkosh, WI, to Julius Heinz and Mary Kay (Murray) Crocker.
He is survived by his parents of Peoria; his sisters, Elizabeth Knight of Washington, IL, (children Sarah, Alec, Liam & Katie), Jennifer (Pat) McKeown of Manassas, VA, (children Moira, Declan, David, Gwen & Clare), and Catherine (Ray) Heller of Libertyville, IL, (children Tim, Kevin & Annie); Aunt Mary Ann (Crocker) & Uncle Jim Uhll; and his cousins, Jim, Julie, John, Jackie and their families.
Julius graduated from Richwoods High School in 1996, where he enjoyed playing in the band. He attended St. Ambrose University and the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC. Julius served in the Navy as an electrician on the USS Columbus during the conflicts immediately after 9/11. His post-military life was filled with travel while working with various power companies commissioning wind turbines all over the country. He enjoyed being with family and staying in contact with his friends from all over the world. His fascination with space and his quest to fuel his sense of humor occupied much of his time when he was not working. He loved spending time outdoors (particularly Forest Park Nature Center), cooking and developing recipes (with garlic—lots of garlic!).
A memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Rev. James Pallardy will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery at a later date. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
A tree will be planted at Forest Park Nature Center in Julius’ memory, and any other memorial donations collected will be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in loving memory of Julius’ Uncle Tom Murray.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.