Donald 'Don' 'Peelie' Pilarski


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 6:01 pm
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Donald E. "Don" "Peelie" Pilarski died at 2:07 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee. Father Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Military honors will be accorded at the church by the Kewanee Veterans Council.
Cremation will follow the services with family inurnment in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee, at a later date. Memorials maybe directed to Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church. The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements.
Don was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Kewanee the youngest of 10 children born to Stanley and Sophia Lampowski Pilarski. Don graduated from Kewanee High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a medic from 1951 to 1953. He would later be employed by Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor for 35 years; retiring in 1992.
He was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish and the Kewanee American Legion Post No. 31.
Don was an avid golfer, winning the City Am Tournament 10 times in 25 years and the Kewanee Labor Day Tournaments five times. He qualified for the Public Links Golf Tournament in 1959 and 1960. Don was inducted into the Baker Park Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, bird-watching and the Chicago Cubs and had been a referee at junior high and high school football and basketball games throughout the region.
Don married Shirley Dura March 14, 1992, in Kewanee. She survives along with a sister, Margaret (Irwin) Staab, Silvis; his children, Janelle (Bill) Leaf, Kewanee, Karen Pilarski, Tucson, Ariz., Gregory (Adelina) Pilarski, Bay Point, Calif., Catherine Pilarski, Indianapolis, Ind., Nicole (Adam) Smith, Newburgh, Ind.; and a stepson, Michael Dura, Springfield, Ill.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Rick Leaf, Kewanee, RaeAnn Pilarski and Nate Kaufmann, Tucson, and Aidan Pilarski, Bay Point, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Anastasia Husar, Cecilia Pellan, Mary Webb, Helen Ptasnik and Frances Tumbleson; and brothers, Joe Pillars, John and Leo Pilarski.
Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

















 



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