Donald “Don” E Francis
08/22/1928 - 04/23/2006
Donald E. “Don” Francis, 77, of Kewanee, Il. died at 7:35 P.M. Sunday, April 23, 2006 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee. He was born August 22, 1928 in Kewanee the son of Lester and Audrey (Nuding) Francis. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1946. He married Ann Cokich on September 17, 1950 in Kewanee. She survives along with two sons Brett Francis of Chino Valley, Az and Kirk (Donna) Francis of Hawthorn Woods, Il., five grandchildren Ashley and Brittany of Prescott Valley, Az., Austin and Mackenzie of Arlington Heights, Il. and Greta of Hawthorn Woods, Il., one sister Pat Lowden of Oceanside, Ca., three nephews and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.
He served in the US Navy from 1946-1949. He retired after twenty years from the Kewanee Fire Department having served as Fire Chief during his tenure with the department. He was a member of the Kewanee VFW Post 8078, Kewanee Moose Lodge and Kewanee Masonic Lodge #159 A.F. & A.M. He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles and old cars.
Private graveside services will be held on Friday, April 28th in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. There will be no visitation. Military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council and an honor guard will be provided by the Kewanee Fire Dept.
Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Fire Dept. The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.