Peter J. Coughlin Jr.


May 3, 1927 - April 11, 2013

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Peter J. Coughlin Jr., 85, of Peru, died peacefully, surrounded by family, following a long illness, Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2013 at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in LaSalle where he was a resident for 4 ˝ years.

A liturgical prayer service will be held at 8:00 PM, Monday, April 15, 2013 at Mueller Funeral Home in Peru with Rev. Paul Carlson, Parochial Vicar of the LaSalle Catholic Parishes officiating. Private burial with full military rites conducted by the Peru Veterans Memorial Group will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Spring Valley at a later date. Visitation will be 4-8:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Mr. Coughlin was born on May 3, 1927 in LaSalle to Peter and Elizabeth (Krewer) Coughlin. He married Lorraine Keller on April 15, 1953 in Streator, IL.

Mr. Coughlin was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in World War II. He worked at Carus Chemical Corporation as a production supervisor for 37 years.

He is survived by his brother, Kenneth (Clare) Coughlin of Rockford; one sister, Ruth (Eldon) Golden of Ottawa; four grandsons, Eric, Peter, Kevin and Nathan Zack and their families, including six great-grandchildren; and his son-in-law, Kerry Zack.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine on May 14, 2010, his daughter, Phyllis Zack and his sister, Helen.

Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.