Neil Norton of Peoria Heights, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.

He was 81.

Norton was born March 24, 1925, in Shawnee to H. Mead and Hazel Rose (Bohannon) Norton.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army, serving in the European and Pacific Theatres.

He was owner and operator of Neil Norton Motors in Miami from 1953 to 1983 and owner and operator of Neil Norton Cadillac-Pontiac from 1983 to 2004. He was winner of the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1974. He was a member of Oklahoma City Lodge No. 36 A.F.&A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Peoria and Mohammed Temple Shrine. He was also a member of Peoria Downtown Rotary and the United Presbyterian Church of Peoria.

He married Floy M. Kerr Mantle on Dec. 31, 1959, in Miami. She preceded him in death on Sept. 23, 2002, in Peoria.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Norton and his wife Yelena of Peoria and Bruce Norton of Tulsa; one sister, Nadine Holloway of Oklahoma City, and one granddaughter.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Presbyterian Church of Peoria with the Rev. Randall Saxon officiating.

The body will be cremated.

Burial of ashes will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Wright and Salmon Mortuary. Additional visitation will be held 30 minutes before the service at the church.

A Masonic service will be conducted at 6 p.m. at Illinois Lodge No. 263 A.F.&A.M.

Memorials are suggested to the Youth Farm Inc. Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice.