Donald R. Fines, 78 of Morrisonville, IL passed away at 4:15 AM, Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. He was born October 15, 1936 in Taylorville, IL son of Azel and Lelia (Arkebauer) Fines. He married Charry Washburn on December 19,1958 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death March 25, 2015 after 56 years of marriage.
He is survived by his sons: John R. (Betty) Fines of Owaneco, IL and David R. (Lisa) Fines of Taylorville, IL; his daughter: M. Christine (Robert) Rahar of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren: Justin R. (Ashley) Rahar of Taylorville, IL, Jarred J. (Mallory) Rahar of Taylorville, IL, Jordan C. Rahar of Decatur, IL, Elizabeth A. Fines of Taylorville and John David Fines of Taylorville, IL; four great grandchildren; his brother: Gerald D. (Olga) Fines of Springfield, IL; sister: Dorothea Robinson of Beardstown, IL and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
He had retired from Mine #10 after 33 years of service as a Repairman and had also retired after many years of farming. Earlier in life he had worked for the R.C. Cola Company and Allis-Chalmers. He graduated from Taylorville High School in 1954 and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale before serving his Country in the United States Army, enlisting in September of 1955.
He enjoyed working outdoors, especially in his garden, reading and mushroom hunting. He had made numerous wooden birdhouses for his family. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating. Burial will in Rosemond Grove Cemetery in Rosamond, IL with Military Honors conducted by the VFW Post #4495, American Legion Post 73 and AMVETS Post #29 and also a United Mine Workers Service. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Junior Football League, c/o Robert Rahar, 471 North 1250 East Road, Morrisonville, IL 62546 and will be accepted by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, which is in charge of arrangements.
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