GOREVILLE -- Donald E. Hood, 85, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.
He was born July 13, 1928. Don worked for Illinois Department of Corrections as a sociologist in Joliet, retiring in 1987 as an assistant warden for the Vienna Correctional Center.
Don also served the U.S. Army in World War II and Korea. After retirement, Don did consulting work for the American Correctional Association.
Don was a member of the United Methodist Church in Goreville, where he sang in the choir and was an active member of the congregation.
He had a passion for music being a featured vocal soloist and playing the tenor saxophone and clarinet in the Shawnee Community Band. His greatest joy came from his family. Don was a very quiet, shy, non-assuming man who was always trying to put others needs before his. An example of this is his donation of his brain to Alzheimer's Research.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mabel Brothers Hood; his brothers, Earl Hood and August Leon (Buddy) Hood; his sisters, Edith Mosko and Lucille Davis and a nephew, Jerry Hood.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Maxine (Schroedel) Hood who he married March 12, 1954. He is also survived by his children Sheri Luecking and her husband, Ed of Belleville and Michael Hood and his wife, Laura, of Goreville; grandchildren, Jennifer Albracht (Derek) Jamie Wells, Josh Luecking (Courtney), Amanda Holm (Kyle), Justin Hood and Brittany Hood. Don has seven great-grandchildren and is also survived by loved nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in Goreville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Michael Hood and Ed Hoke officiating. Burial will follow in Mound City National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the church.
Blue Funeral Home in Goreville in assisting with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Veterans Home in Anna Resident's Benefit Fund or Goreville United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2014