SPRINGFIELD, IL - Danny Faulkner, 83, died at 8:05 p.m. on July 3, 2013, at the Villa Health Care East in Sherman, Ill.
Danny was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Springfield to Ellen (McGill) and Ross Faulkner. He married Juanita Thompson on July 15, 1968, at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish in Springfield; she survives. He is also survived by a stepson, Mickey Clymer, and family of Tennyson, Ind.; brother, Donald, and family; niece, Reva; and nephews, Tom and Jerry and their families.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerome and Ross; sisters, Ethel Gibson and Ellen Vose; and stepchildren: Vicki, Dawn, and Terry.
In the 1960's, Danny worked for the Secretary of State and at the Governor's Mansion under Governors Kerner, Shapiro, and Ogilvie. He then spent 31 years with the Springfield Public Works Department until he retired in 1989. He spent his time caring for his beloved wife, Juanita, a survivor of a stroke and breast cancer, and defending his catholic religion through letter writing, witnessing, and distributing over 10,000 religious pictures for the Marian Center, logging over 20,000 miles in 40 states doing so, and loving every minute of it. Through Danny's help, pictures found their way to Iran, Iraq, France, India, Afghanistan, and Australia.
Danny's humble home proudly displays a large sign on the front stating, "The World Needs God", a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the American Flag. Unable to serve in the war because of blindness in one eye, Danny's message was, "There is nothing more important than God and country." He was a frequent letter-writer to the State Journal Register on these topics and the sad topic of abortion. A friend to all, especially family, neighbors, his animal "buddies", Tiger and Princess, and every stray cat and dog in the neighborhood, Danny will be greatly missed.
Private services for Danny were held July 15, 2013, at St. Aloysius Church. Rev. Msgr. Kemme officiated and the rite of cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center.
The family of Daniel J. Faulkner is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.