PEORIA - Donald Joseph Kaliher, 86, of Peoria passed away at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria, with his son at his side.
Don was born on June 24, 1927, in Henry, Ill., the son of Dr. Vernon and Irene Hofer Kaliher. He married Marcella June Friday on July 4, 1952, in Peoria.
He is survived by his son, Zackary C. (Mary Ann) Kaliher of Old Orchard Beach, Maine; three grandchildren, Leah of Beverly, Mass., Haley of Albany N.Y., and Brendan of Old Orchard Beach, Maine; one brother, Vernon (Giggs) Kaliher of Springfield, Va.; and one sister, Loraine (Thomas) Koehler of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Don was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, his parents and one brother, Charles Eugene Kaliher.
Don graduated from Henry High School in 1945 and immediately entered the U.S. Navy, serving admirably until his honorable discharge in 1946.
He earned an associate degree from Brown's Business College and had a 40-year career with Caterpillar Inc. He worked in Denver, Tokyo, Singapore and Brazil and finished in Morton, retiring in 1989.
Don enjoyed golfing, travel and sports of all kinds. He was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Tigers and Lions. Regular visits to Maine to spoil his three grandchildren, Leah, Haley and Brendan Kaliher, were on his agenda. His only child, Zackary, works for the state of Maine.
His family would like to express their thanks to the staff at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, as well as the compassion and professionalism shown by the staff at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Msgr. William A. Watson will officiate. Reception will follow service.
Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that any memorial donations be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, Ill., or the donor's choice.
His remains have been donated to medical science.
To view Don's memorial page or leave an online condolence, go to www.woolsey-wilton.com.
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