Donald J. Eilers, 89, of Belleville, Ill., born on July 29, 1927 in Belleville, Ill., died on Oct. 15, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill., with his loving family by his side.
Don was a graduate of Belleville West High School, Belleville, Ill., and retired from McDonnell Douglas, St. Louis, Mo., as a designer engineer after many years. He was a longtime member of Belleville Assembly of God. He was a handy man who built his home and always kept an immaculate yard, free of sticks and leaves. Don had a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious smile that captivated an entire room. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, dancing, and being with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mr. Eilers was preceded in death by his parents, John E. and Norvella, nee Vorsche, Eilers; a daughter, Beverly Staudt; a sister, Dorothy Eilers; a stepson, Joseph Houston; a grandson, Mark David Staudt; and a great-grandson, Jaxon Miller.
Surviving and missing him are his wife, Alice, nee Houston, Eilers; a son, Keith (Karen) Eilers; five grandchildren, Ross (Rachel) Eilers, Neil (Lindsey) Eilers, Angie (Ryan) Foree, Nicole (Joe) Rogers, and Natalie (Chris) Miller; grandchildren, Autumn Foree, Amber Foree, Roman Foree, Reed Eilers, Nick Rogers, Isabella Miller, and Charlotte Miller; five stepchildren, Sonny (Kay) Houston, Steve Houston, Stephanie (Byron) Nowak, Tony Houston, and Gloria (Earl) Ridgway; a sister, Ruth Essenfelder; numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, cousins, and friends.
Don's family would like to express a special and heartfelt thank you to the staff of Charles Gardens Retirement Community for their care and support over the years.
Memorial donations are appreciated to
. Memories and expressions of condolences may be offered at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at the funeral home. Interment to follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 18, 2016