Owen B. Streeper, 89, of Chenoa passed away at 12:53 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at his residence in Chenoa.
His funeral service will be 10:00 am, Monday, February 18, 2013 at Chenoa Presbyterian Church, Chenoa with Chip Finck officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington; where full military honors will be conducted.
A visitation will be 2-6 pm, Sunday, February 17, 2013 Duffy-Pils Memorial Home in Chenoa. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Chenoa Fire Department.
O.B. was born August 7, 1923 in Normal; the son of Bert Condon and Bess Grove Streeper. He married Esther M. Brown on January 29, 1943 in Heyworth. She passed away on July 1, 1995. Also preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Jack Streeper and Bert Condon Streeper, and granddaughter Melissa (Leggett) Belcher in 2007.
Survivors include one son, Owen B. (Helen) Streeper II of Bloomington; one daughter, Linda (Larry) Leggett of Chenoa; grandchildren, Michele (Todd) Scholl, Bradley (Jonya) Streeper, Denise (James) Carlson, Susie (Jarrett) Brown, Beth Leggett; grandson-in-law, Esta Belcher; 11 great-grandchildren, and special friend Eleanor Shelton of Columbia, MO.
Mr. Streeper served our country in the 15th Air Corp, 461st bomb group during World War II as a ball gunner on a B-24. On May 27, 1944 his plane was shot down over Southern France and was MIA for 87 days, during that time he fought with the French Underground. For injuries sustained during this time he was the recipient of a Purple Heart and Silver Star.
He founded the McLean County Rescue Squad and served as chief from 1968-2005.
In 1970 he started Special Service Inc. along with his son designing and manufacturing rescue equipment. He also started Emergency Squad Training Institute which along with his son, Owen taught rescue squads throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Columbia the techniques for auto extrication and aerial rescue.
In his earlier years after returning from the war he worked as a tool and die maker for Williams O-Matic. He went on to become a journeyman plumber and worked as a superintendent for various plumbing contractors.
He was a member of the Plumbers Local 99, VFW, active member of Chenoa FD, Guns Save Life Gun club, Champaign, NRA, Pontiac Gun Club, and Air Force Escape and Evasion Society.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the nurses from Advocate BroMenn Home Healthcare.