Donald E. Baldus, 82, of Belleville, Ill., born Saturday, May 23, 1931, in Belleville, Ill., died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.
Don was a member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill. He graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1949 and from the University of Illinois in 1953, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Don retired in 1991, from Monsanto as a agricultural research chemist and inventor of several patents. After his retirement, Don continued to work for Monsanto as a consultant until 2011 with over 55 years of service. Don also served his country in the United States Air Force Reserves retiring in 1981 as a lieutenant colonel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar A. and Margaret L., nee Eisenberg, Baldus; brothers, David Baldus, and Kenneth Baldus; and sister, Joyce Wohlfeil.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Nancy L., nee Meyer, Baldus; children, Leslie A. (John) Wallace of DuQuoin, Ill., Douglas E. Baldus of Swansea, Ill., and John E. (Phoebe) Baldus of Chesterfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Leah (Andrew) Dugan, Erika (Todd) Stolte, Nicole (Mike) Goff, and Nathan Baldus; great-grandchildren, Braden Dugan, Brin Goff, and Kayla Stolte; sister, Nancy Mahoney of Belleville, Ill.; sister-in-law, Joan (Charles) Wiegreffe of Waterloo, Ill.; brother-in-law, Dick Wohlfeil of West Seneca, N.Y.; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kurrusfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A funeral procession will leave from Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill., at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill., with Father Jim Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, Ill.
KURRUS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2013
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