Donald J. Parr
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Donald J. Parr
  • April 6, 1923 - November 25, 2017
  • Hanna City, Illinois

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Donald J. Parr, 94, of Hanna City, passed from his home of 65 years into Glory the morning of November 25, 2017.

He was born April 6, 1923, in Pekin to James and Gladys (Maple) Parr. He married his sweetheart Eula Mae Turbett December 9, 1944, in Boise, Idaho. She preceded him in death February 14, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Marvin Parr, and his cousin Howard Zimmerman, with whom he was raised.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his daughter, Crista (Dennis) Dillard, daughter-in-law Paula Parr; six grandchildren, Brett and Ashley Parr, Mary (Micah) Koll, Rachel (Tyler) Fitch, Jordan Dillard, and Sarah (Brandon) Mooberry; and four great-grandchildren, Abigail, Anna, and Betsy Fitch and Tommy Koll.

Don served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. He was proud of his military service which included 27 night time flights in a B-24 over occupied Germany. Don farmed for many years and operated Don Parr's Heating and Plumbing. He also worked for the Greater Peoria Regional Airport in the Field Maintenance Dept. Throughout his life, he held memberships at Hanna City Presbyterian and Grace Presbyterian Church. He loved studying God's word and sharing it with others. He was a member of American Legion Post 212 for over 73 years, as well as the VFW and the NRA. Don loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also loved caring for his land and gardening. Don and Eula Mae enjoyed traveling across the United States and visiting other countries. They also loved riding his motorcycle in the country. Don's contagious smile and friendly nature drew people close to him. He will be deeply missed by many.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service at Hanna City Presbyterian Church in Hanna City. Burial will follow the service at Smithville Cemetery. Pastors David Keithley and Kerry Frantz will officiate. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Honor Flight or Hanna City Presbyterian Church. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

"I am so thankful that many years ago Jesus spoke to my heart, unworthy as I am, and drew me unto Himself. I praise His holy and blessed name. Now and Forever!"