Harry Caray eulogist Pete Vonachen dies

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Visitation is today for Peoria baseball magnate Pete Vonachen, perhaps best known as the man who gave the eulogy for Harry Caray. Vonachen, a Peoria businessman and owner of the Peoria Chiefs minor league team, was frequently mentioned on the air by best friend Caray.  He died Monday at age 87.

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Dutchie Caray (from left), Peoria Chief’s legendary owner Pete Vonachen and his son Rocky sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 2011 season. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune)

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