Donald E. Cartwright
1936 - 2020
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Donald E. Cartwright

Born: December 10, 1936

Died: October 4, 2020

Donald E. Cartwright, age 83, passed away peacefully, at home, with his family at his side on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Donald leaves behind a loving family to which he was devoted.

Donald (Duke) is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Vada Kay, nee Knudson; his children, Laura Patrick and Donald H (Sandi) Cartwright, Grandson, James R. Peterson, son-in-law, Tom Peterson, and brother, Gary (Susie) Cartwright. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Irene Cartwright and a brother, Jimmy (Doris) Cartwright.

Donald was born on December 10, 1936 in Hillsboro, Illinois. He is a proud veteran of the U. S. Army,having served in Korea. Donald has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Joliet Junior College and retired from the Department of Corrections, Stateville Penitentiary and the Joliet Prison as a Major. Following his retirement he worked at First Student as both a school bus driver and administrator.

Donald was a member of the Illinois Rt. 66 Association and the Will-Grundy Illinois Genealogical Society. He enjoyed his home life, travel adventures, and Thursday morning weekly breakfasts with his fellow retirees from the prison.

At the family's request, Cremation rights have been accorded. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, private church services with be conducted, followed by interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Donald's family would like to thank Joliet Area Community Hospice for their compassionate care.

Contributions in Donald's honor can be made to Lutherdale Bible Camp or Joliet Community Hospice.

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Published in The Herald-News on Oct. 17, 2020.
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November 26, 2020
Duke was a good man.he loved his family and friends he and my dad worked together rest in peace .my thoughts and prayers are with u all sherrell page gore
Sherrell page gore
November 14, 2020
Marty and I considered Duke a special friend of ours together in the Route 66 Assoc. in Illinois. He always had a smile on his face when he greeted us at the club events. Marty passed away in June and now they will be friends in heaven. They had a special law enforcement bond.
Geraldine Bilecki
October 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I enjoyed working with him at First Student. I did miss him when he left. My sincere condolences, all of his family.

Mark Hucek
October 19, 2020
Vada, I am so sorry for your loss. It seem like only yesterday you and Duke were dating and then in church with your two adorable kids. You both have always been such wonderful people! Take care of yourself. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Joan Kettelson Smith
October 19, 2020
It’s been years since I’d seen Don, but I’ve often thought about him. Such a wonderful man. I enjoyed working with him at First Student 2000-2005. He was a kind, gentle giant. My sincere condolences to Vada and all of his family.
Tina Nall
October 18, 2020
Dear Vada, I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I really enjoyed working at First Student with him as he always made me feel welcome. I met you years ago and we talked about my mother in law being Virginia and how you knew her. May God bless Mr. Cartwright and your family and may he R. I. P.
Mary Beth VanCleave
October 17, 2020
Duke was one of a kind. He was a loyal friend and will be greatly missed. We worked together at Stateville and JB. He was one of those people who you expect to always "be there ". My condolences to his family and friends. David Sandahl
David Sandahl
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