CANTON - Donald L. Sepich, 88, of Canton passed away at 7:18 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
He was born on March 28, 1926, in Canton to Thomas and Anne Dominski Sepich. They preceded him in death, along with one daughter, Leslie Barnard; and one brother, Albert "Bud" Sepich. He married Phyllis E. Essex on May 1, 1948, in Canton. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Philip (Krista) Sepich of Canton and Elizabeth (Jack Isbell) Hollister of Canton; grandchildren, Todd Sepich, Heather Beaty, Courtney Putman and T.J. Barnard; great-grandchildren, Cody Smith, Connor Beaty, Trevor and Carleigh Putman and Marissa Barnard; sister-in-law, Ruth Essex; one son-in-law, J.C. (Tammy) Barnard; and several nieces and nephews.
Don started as a pattern maker for International Harvester in Canton and later worked as a casting buyer until his retirement in 1983. He then went to work for Galesburg Malleable Foundry in casting sales.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Canton and the Farmington Moose.
He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, then served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after his discharge, he reported to the Winston, S.C., club.
He was a lifetime member of the Canton American Legion. He was a member of the Canton Country Club for more than 60 years and served as past president for three terms. He served on the St. Joseph Cemetery board and was always known for cocktails at 5 at the Sepich's, but most of all, was a loving husband, proud father and grandfather and great-grandfather.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. today, June 6, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Canton, with a visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Cemetery or to the Canton American Legion Baseball program.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.
To view Don's video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.