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Donald W. Oehler

11/28/1932 - 11/14/2019

DANVERS ~ Donald William Oehler, 86, of Danvers, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his home.

Born November 28, 1932 in Stanford to Edward and Laura (Knapple) Oehler, he married Anita Carol McClure on May 26, 1955 in Lawton, Oklahoma.  She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Steven (Connie) Oehler and Tim (Gerry) Oehler, both of Danvers; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth (Lois) Oehler of Normal and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents; one grandson, Andy Oehler; one sister, Ruth and three brothers, Richard, Robert and Edward.

Donald had proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict, enlisting on October 2, 1953 until September 2, 1955, attaining the rank of Corporal.

Upon returning from his service, he farmed in McLean County for 38 years, retiring in 1994.

He was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan.  He also enjoyed fishing and could be seen riding around town on his golf cart.

Donald had been a life member of the Normal Lodge #673 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons.  He had also been a member of the Bloomington Elks Lodge No. 281 and had served on the Park Lawn Cemetery Board in Danvers.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Danvers where his funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2019.  The Revs. Tim and Kathy Mitchell and the Rev. Dr. Rick Tindall will officiate.  Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11:15 a.m. at the church.  Burial will be at Park Lawn Cemetery in Danvers.  Military rites will be provided by the Bloomington Normal American Legion Honor Guard in Normal.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 201 East Main, Danvers, IL 61732 or to Danvers Fire & Rescue, 208 East Main, Danvers, IL 61732

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