|4/8/2013 11:30:00 AM|
Donald W. Velker, 84, of Princeton died at 12:30 p.m. April 6, 2013, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Princeton, with the Rev. Al Beck officiating. Burial will be at Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday in Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton, with military rites by Princeton American Legion 125.
Mr. Velker was born Feb. 1, 1929, in Bureau Township, Bureau County to John Carl and Mildred Elizabeth Emma (Cook) Velker. He married Shirley Elaine Whited on March 12, 1955, in Providence.
He served in the U.S. Army in Austria as a private 1st class during the Korean Conflict.
He graduated from Princeton High School in 1947. He started in tool & die for Harper Wyman and retired as a foreman after 37 years in 1990.
He was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church and Princeton American Legion and Radio Control Flying Club. He was a former member of Strunk’s Pond, Princeton Moose Lodge, Quarter Century Club and bowling Leagues at Pleasant Lanes, Princeton.
He is survived by three daughters, Karen (James) Miller Jr. of Princeton, Cindy Marshall of La Salle and Dawn (David) Buhlig of Meredosia; 10 grandchildren, Matthew Miller of Princeton, Jacqueline Miller of Princeton, Nathon Wangelin of La Salle, Tanna (Kenny) Brown of Princeton, Ray Vitale of La Salle, and Candace Vortman, Shelby Buhlig and Jacob Buhlig of Meridosia, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary (Art) May of Vancouver, Wash.; nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Barney.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Nov. 30, 2011; one son, Greg Velker; one daughter, Laura Velker; two grandsons, Shawn Skaggs and Kyle Bowman; and two sisters, Shirley Benskin and Linda Kitterman.
Memorials may be directed to St. Matthews Lutheran Church and Princeton Ambulance.
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