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Richard Donelson

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Richard Donelson
PEKIN - Richard L. Donelson, 70, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Pekin, IL, died Sunday, May 27, 2018.
He worked for Caterpillar in Mapleton, IL (15 years), then moved to Florida in 1986, Porter Paints (9 years) and retired after 19 years with Radiant Food Stores. He enjoyed coaching little league in Pekin, IL, and bowling was his favorite. He bowled since 1980 in Illinois. Richard continued in Florida on various leagues. He graduated from Limestone Community High School in 1965 and attended Illinois Central College, where he received his associate degree in Business. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force (1966), upon his discharge from Hickam Air Force Base in September of 1970, his rank was Sargent.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, William and Vera Donelson.
He will be deeply missed by the love of his life, his wife of 50 years, Judith (nee Burdett); daughters, Julie Anne (Jose) Cruz of Tampa, FL, and Jill Marie (Brian) McCarthy of North Port, FL; son, Christopher Lee (Rebecca) Donelson of Dallas, GA; 8 grandchildren; brother, Michael Donelson of Edwardsville, IL; and Ubie, his beloved Jack Russell Terrier.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held on July 28, 2018, at 1 p.m. at National Cremation and Burial Society, 2990 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL. Burial will take place on July 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Sarasota-Manatee Youth Schlorship Fund, c/o Sandy Combs, 4431 50th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton, FL 34203.


Published in Peoria Journal Star from July 7 to July 8, 2018
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