In Memory

Joe Pedigo

Joe Pedigo

December 1, 1943 - March 23, 2015

Joe Pedigo

Joseph L. (Joe) Pedigo, of Normal, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Monday (March 23, 2015) Ormond Beach, Fla.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Kelley Becker officiating.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Interment will immediately follow at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the International Towing & Recovery Museum Survivor Fund to support the families of towing operators killed in the line of service, 3315 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408, or to the PTROI Legislative or Education Funds, 7667 W. 95th St., Suite 6W, Hickory Hills, IL 61457.

Joe was born Dec 1, 1943, in Lincoln, son of William and Hazel Brown Pedigo.  He married Ann "Sharon" Correll on Feb 24, 1973, in Bloomington.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon, Normal; six children, Cheryl (fiance, Terry Londo) Pedigo, Normal; Scott Hays, Bloomington; David Pedigo, Germany; Bruce (Christy) Pedigo and Connie (Walter) Branson, both of Normal; and Karen (Gregg) Heinrich, Bloomington.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Miranda, Kathryn, Joshua, Noah and Dominik Pedigo; William and Elizabeth Heinrich; Laura and Emily Branson; Christina, Candice, and Robert Hays; and a sister, Jane Huskisson, Las Vegas.

Joe was a U.S. Air Force veteran.  Joe was the owner and operator of Joe's Towing & Recovery in Bloomington since its inception in 1969.  He also worked as a Normal police officer in 1973.  He was very active in both state and national towing associations, having served on the legislative committees for both the Professional Towing & Recovery Operators of Illinois and the Towing & Recovery Association of America.  He served two terms as president of the PTROI and was the sitting president of the TRAA at the time of his death.  He was inducted into the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame in 2007.  Joe held Level 3 heavy recovery specialist certification by the TRAA as well as WreckMaster 6/7 certification.  He also previously served on the board of ABC Counseling Services in Normal.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Normal.

Joe enjoyed spending his time in Ormond Beach Fla., with his wife, but when he was home, he could always be found at the family business.  He also enjoyed rebuilding equipment, always having a project he was tinkering with and spending time with his grandchildren.  He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

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03/28/15 10:06 PM #1    

Patsy Whitecotton (Barggren)

I'm sad to hear of Joe's passing and to lose another classmate.  My deep sympathy goes out to his family, loved one's and friend's.  May his memories live on in your heart.  We, his classmates, will keep him in our memories here on the class site. Joe has left an impressive legacy for his life. Peace be with you. 


03/30/15 03:13 PM #2    

Sheila Hepworth

It is always sad to think about another classmate dying.  Joe sounds like he became a good husband, father and citizen.  He will be missed by all who remember him.


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