Donald E Tonjes
Donald E. Tonjes, 79, of Springfield, IL, died at 11:45a.m, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at his home. He was born January 25, 1933 in Carthage, MO to Gerd and Hermine Graalmann Tonjes who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Dorothea Hickey, and one brother, Richard Tonjes.
Donald is survived by one sister, Lois Haubein of Overland Park, KS and one brother Robert (Loraine) Tonjes of Prairie Village, KS; also surviving are two nieces, five nephews, three cousins and many great nieces and nephews.
Donald worked with the State of Illinois Department of Human Services where he retired and he was in the U.S. Army during the Korean Era. Donald enjoyed traveling, gardening, his clothing and he had a special interest in educating area youth and served as a tutor to many.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the University of Illinois at Chicago or to Memorial Cemetery in Cole Camp, MO.
Kermit Eby III posted on 7/13/12
Donald was my grandfather, professor Kermit Eby's editor and assistant at the university of Chicago in the 1950s... Our family mourns his loss and give thanks for his shared vision.