I did not know Don Ladas, but listening to him on WJOL was a fond memory of my childhood. We ate meals at 12 noon and 6 p.m. hearing his voice. RIP.
Dear MaryLou,Sheri,and family,
The Drach family has many great memories of a wonderful man. We remember when he and Terry coached T ball together.Don had such patience with the little ones. You are all blessed to have had him in your lives, and he will always be with you. What a role model he was for his family and all who knew him! A true gentleman.
Don, long ago you brought me into journalism and now you sign off from radio and the Joliet community. You'll always be in communication with Mary Lou and the family. My sympathy for your family.
Mary Lou and family. My condolences to you on the loss of your beloved Don. Just as you had to share him in life, you will share his memory with all who knew and respected him. I worked for him at the Will County Sportsman, both in sales and as a writer, and I worked with him in all aspects of bowling. He was the greatest in his field, and will always be missed. May he rest in peace, and may you find peace in cherishing his memory.
I had the pleasure of working with Don Ladas at WJOL when I was an announcer there in the 1980's. He was a true broadcast professional and a great ambassador for the city of Joliet. He was inspirational and provided me with a great deal of encouragement and advice to help me with my own radio career. He was instrumental in making WJOL the successful radio station it became in its glory days. he is a legend in every way. My sincere condolences to the Ladas family.
Don was a pleasure to work with at WJOL. He was so nice to me. I have nothing but good memories of him. My prayers of comfort to the Ladas family. God Bless you all.
To the Ladas family, my sincere condolences. I will always remember my personal interviews that Don conducted, always positive and uplifting. Total class act!
RAIDO ICON !
THANK YOU DON LADAS
Truly, a remarkable man. One of a kind.
My condolences to all the Ladas family members and to those of us fortunate enough to have known Don. Having started writing for the Will County Sportsman as a youth bowler to being asked to be "color man" on a couple of the Will County Open broadcasts on WJOL, it was my honor to have known him. RIP to the "Voice of Joliet".
I worked with Don at WJOL in the mid 1960's. He was truly a sports professional. Mt wife, Maxine and I extend our deepest condolences to Mary Lou and the entire Ladas family...,
I am truly saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was a good friend all the years I lived in Joliet. He was also a very good friend of my dad, Bim June, and would make fun of him every now and then on "Ten Pin Topics." He did more for all the sporting activities in Joliet and the surrounding areas than can be listed here. There was not a sport or sports related event that he did not support. What a great guy. May God Bless. ....B-O-DOUBLE-YOU-L--I-N-G, WE'LL GO BOWLING, BOWLING, BOWLING, MY BABY AND ME... always at dinnertime.
I spent many lunch hours on the track at Charlie Club with Don and enjoyed every minute. Great guy the lord will take care of.
Our heartfelt sympathy to you all! We always enjoyed our visits with Don and will miss his kind smile and manners. We are away and will not be able to attend his service, however, we will be remembering him in both our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Lou, please know that our thoughts are with you....we cherish many memories of you and your family.
Mary Lou--what can we say? It was a true privilege for me to work with Don for 16 years at WJOL. He was a consumate professional, a great friend and every day he offered such exuberance for life. There will never be another like him. Our prayers for you and the entire Ladas family.
-Bob and Rita Herrick
Mary Fran and I send our sincerest sympathies to Mary Lou and the family on learning today of the passing of Don to the Lord. This truly great man will be missed, not only by the family but also by the entire Joliet community. He did so much for the Joliet area in many areas., He was a true statesman! He will always be the Voice of Joliet!
Tom and Mary Fran Dedin, Arvada, CO
Sheri, Angie, Donnie, and Mrs. Ladas, so sorry. He was such an amazing man! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, erin and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Lou and family , my family and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
RIP Don. A truely GREAT GUY that Loved people and sports. He will be Greatly missed. Thoughts ans Prayers to Don and his Familys
A true legend. I always enjoyed talking sports with Don. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. He never had a negative word to say. He loved Will County Sports. Wether it was covering the City Tournament or the Will County Open or anything in between. He always brought the event to life. Thanks Don. My thoughts&prayers go out to your family. Rest in Peace my friend.
Don "Duck" Dickinson
My sincerest condolences to the entire Ladas family. Joliet has lost a great friend in bowling and a true legend.
My condolences to the Ladas family. Two gentlemen and sports legends passed away in our area within the past year. First, it was Ken Parker, and now Don Ladas. I am a much better person having known these two class individuals. Don had a wealth of information when it came to area softball and bowling. I was always amazed that he remembered my name even when he had not seen me for some time. I looked forward to ten pin topics. I miss seeing him at Town 'N' Country lanes. I know the Lord has a special place for Don Ladas. Rest in peace my friend.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To the Ladas family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don was a class act and a true gentleman. The Joliet area and the sports world in particular will miss him tremendously. He was one of the few "good" men I ever had the privilege of knowing. God Speed my friend.
Rick and Robyn Chizmark
Don was always a great competitor on the softball diamond and a "class act". Win or lose, he put his hand out to you in sportsmanship and friendship. In a moment of weakness, he might even buy a round.
Don was a great competitor on the softball diamond and always a class act. Win or lose, he put his hand out in sportmanship and friendship.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Our deepest sympathy to the Ladas family on the passing of Don....what a legacy he has left the community.
Sincerely, Ray & Jean Apple
Lloyd Seabron of Joliet Office Machines
Dear Mary Lou and family,Bill and I send our sympathy,may the dear Lord bless and keeping Don in his living care.How often you'll be thought of through the days that come and go. Sincerely yours
He was a special friend to me and to many young people. He was awarded the "Man & Boy Award" from the Joliet Boys Club. He helped me a lot in my life and will never forget the memories. Now he can broadcast the games in heaven with the big boys. Don wasn't tall but he was big in my eyes.
MaryLou, God bless you and your family in these difficult times.
Judy and Jerry Maier Sun Lakes, AZ
We are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Don. He had such a generous, warm, compassionate nature, always showing courtesy to all. A true gentleman. Brona an Ken Glasgow, Scottsdale, Az.
My Sincere Condolences to the Ladas Family and the Joliet area Sports World. Don's voice is forever ingrained in my memory. There was no other thrill like sitting down to supper and listening to ten-pin topics and hearing your name mentioned on the radio. I met my only girlfriend at Don Ladas' Chalk N Cue many years ago. We're still married and
our favorite radio theme is still "B-O-Double-You-L-I-N-G,
We Go Bowling, Bowling, Bowling
My Sweetie and ME"
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of don..heaven is made for people like him...god bless you all...
I am glad I saw him before he left. He was a very special friend. Our sincere condolences to the Ladas family. With much love, the Shermans.
My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Ladas family on their loss. We have lost a true gentleman and a class act.
John Z. Honiotes
To The Donald Ladas Family: Sorry For Your Loss. Respectfully Yours, The Gary Darin Family
As celebrated on this earth, celebrations are going on in Heaven. It finally has the voice Its' missed while Don was calling the plays here. Now united with the athletes and coaches of the Joliet area, the team is complete. God Bless the Ladas Family. We are thankful to have known such a wonderful man.