Donald Lee Wilcockson
Donald Lee Wilcockson, 89, of Springfield, died at 9:45 am, Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Concordia Lutheran Village Care Center, with his daughter by his side. He was born October 3, 1922 in Pawnee, to George W. and Pearl Milliken Wilcockson. He married Louise “Ruth” Goin on July 6, 1946 and she preceded him in death on May 18, 2000.
His parents, one brother, George and one sister, Annette Kramer also preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters Marcia (Gary) Nichols of Springfield and Debra (Don) Tomlin of Galesburg; two sons, Dennis (Sherry) Wilcockson of Vista, CA and Mark Wilcockson of Chicago; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Mark) Spens, Shawn (Sara) Wilcockson, Brian (Brittney) Wilcockson, Todd (Molly) Wilcockson, Nick (Kerri) Casper, Andy (Dana Harbin) Casper and Katie (Justin) Hobin; nine great grandchildren; long time friend, Lois Scanlon and several nieces and nephews.
Donald was a member of Laurel United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent for over 40 years. He served in the United States Marine Corps 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He fought in combat in both Guam and Iwo Jima. He was a member of Elks Lodge #158 where he was Elk of the Year in 1993 and National Association of Tobacco Distributors, where he was National Cigar Salesman in 1963. He was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan and one of his greatest joys was antagonizing Cub fans. He played fast-pitch softball until he was 43, and enjoyed bowling for many years.
He previously worked for Producers Dairy and Butternut Bread and retired from Illinois Wholesale after thirty years, never missing a day of work. He truly loved his job.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Monday, June 25, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 11 am, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Jonathan Vierkant officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans and the United States Marine Corps will conduct military honors.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Concordia Village Benevolent Care Fund.