Donald Gene “Donnie? Gunter, 73 of Springfield, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm. He was born January 12, 1936 in DuQuoin, IL the son of Fred and Halsie Kinnear Gunter. He married Nancy Schablowsky in 1955. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Heather Rae Sandstrom and sister-in-law Doris McGregor.
Donnie graduated from DuQuoin High School and attended Lincoln Land Community College. He retired from the Illinois Department of Public Health in 1990 after 35 years of service.
He was a member of the DuQuoin Baptist Church and attended Luther Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield. He was a member of DuQuoin Lake Association, Elks Lodge 153, Eagles Aerie 437, Sangamo Surf Club, Masonic Lodge #71 AF and AM, Springfield Consistory, Ansar Shrine and Ansar Color Guard. His favorite pastimes were traveling with Nancy, and spending time with his grandkids, playing golf and pool, and especially fishing at their cabin at Lake DuQuoin.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Nancy Jo, two daughters, Donna (husband Mike) Gunter-Patsche and Deanne (husband Jeff) Sandstrom; 4 grandchildren: Gina (husband George) Jacaway, Michael (wife Katie) Patsche, Tyler and Jamie Sandstrom, 1 great grandson Georgie IV, 1 brother Robert Gunter of DuQuoin, IL and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial Gathering will be held from 10am to 12 noon, Monday, November 16, 2009 at Staab Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites performed by Lodge #71 at 11:45 am. A memorial service will follow at 12pm. Pastor William Zanton and Pastor Ron Moorman officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to American Lung Association.
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