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Donald Baird POst 007

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Donald Baird POst 007 Obituary
Donald Baird POst "007" 1935 - 2018
Springfield, IL—Donald Baird Post "007", 83, of Springfield, died at 9:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Heritage Health in Springfield.
Donald was born on May 18, 1935, in Springfield, the son of Howard S. and Hilda C. Smith Post. He married Ilene Joyce Engel on April 28, 1979, in Springfield.
Donald was a 1953 graduate of Springfield High School. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Western Illinois University. After completing his education, he then proudly served his country in the United States Army and eventually retired from the Air National Guard. In all, he served 20 years with the military. Donald also served as a school teacher with District 186 on and off for 31 years. He was committed to educating children and making a positive impact on their lives. Donald also owned and operated his own candy store "Judy Lynn Candies" for 10 years in the downtown area. His love of working with people, candy and sweets also led to his employment as a field rep for the Dairy Queen company traveling throughout central Illinois.
Donald was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Springfield Jaycees, the Friend in Need program, the Methodist Men's Club, and an honored member of the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame.
Donald was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoyed playing, watching and being involved in the local school baseball programs. He also enjoyed bowling, watching his favorite movies, playing poker, and going to garage sales. He was a collector of all types of memorabilia. His favorite activity was spending time traveling and interacting with his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gordon D. Post.
He is survived by his wife, Ilene Post of Springfield; sons, David Post of Springfield and Darren (wife, Sally) Post of Rochester; daughter, Jody Post (fiancé, Tim Baran) of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Rebecca Post of Springfield, Dylan Post (girlfriend, Brittany Davis) of Taylorville, great-grandchild, Khloe Post of Taylorville; sister-in-law, Sharon Post; nephew, Kevin Post of Springfield; niece, Karon (husband, Bill) Kaltenbach of Parker, CO; and great-nephew and niece, Alex and Gabrielle Kaltenbach of Parker, CO.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home. 900 South Sixth Street Springfield
Funeral Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, 2941 Koke Mill Road, Springfield with Pastor Nicole Cox officiating.
Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the Department of Defense.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America Abraham Lincoln Council, Honor and Memorial Fund, 5231 S. 6th St. Frontage Rd., East, Springfield, IL 62703, the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, 2960 Stanton St., Springfield, IL 62703, or the Springfield High School Baseball team, 101 S. Lewis St, Springfield, IL 62704.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2018
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