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David G. Durako

SPRINGFIELD, IL - David G. Durako, 84, died at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. John's Hospice.

David was born July 27, 1929, in Chicago, the son of George and Lena Boroweic Durako. He married Patricia M. Hypke on Sept. 10, 1949, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Springfield.

David was a graduate of Cathedral Boys High School and received his bachelor of science in education from Illinois State Normal University. He went on to receive his master of science in education from Western Illinois University. He proudly served his country in the Illinois National Guard in the 44th Infantry Division Band. David was a former member of the Knights of Columbus 364, as well as the Springfield Municipal Band.

David was a lifelong educator and taught grade school and high school band at both Ashland Schools and Pleasant Plains Schools, and was the grade school principal at both. He is fondly remembered as "Mr. D" to all of his students.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Durako of Springfield; four sons, D. Marc (wife, Debby) Durako of Pleasant Plains, Philip (wife, Colleen) Durako of Springfield, Douglas (wife, Sally) Durako of Bloomington, and Paul (wife, Debbie) Durako of Downs; seven grandchildren: Justin (wife, Amy) Durako, Molly (husband, Ed) Kowynia, Jess (wife, Stacy) Durako, Nathan (wife, Jenna) Durako, Evan (wife, Mindy) Durako, Kelsey Durako, and Emily Durako; seven great-grandchildren: Carter and Drake Durako, Elly and Vivien Kowynia, Lauren and George Durako, and Hank Durako; one brother, Daniel Durako of Oriental, N.C.; three nephews; and several cousins.

Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2000 Sangamon Ave., Springfield, with the Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz celebrant. Private family burial will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of "Mr. D" to: AC Central High School Band Activity Fund, P.O. Box 260, Ashland, IL 62612 or Pleasant Plains Unit Office, Attn: High School Band Fund, 500 N. Cartwright, Pleasant Plains, IL 62677.

The family of David G. Durako is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.



Published in The State Journal-Register on Apr. 29, 2014
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