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Donald E. Peaslee

December 31, 1969 April 26, 2012
Donald E. Peaslee
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Born January 18, 1927 Died April 26, 2012 Age 85. Don was born in Oak Park, Illinois to Eugene and Isa Peaslee. He grew up at 917 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. He attended Holmes Elementary School, and Oak Park River Forest High School. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College Kentucky. He served in the United States Army at Ft. Sheridan. Later he attended University of Minnesota towards his PhD in education from 1952-1958. He left to join his father at Peaslee Hardware Company in Forest Park, the store his grandfather helped found in 1910. He became co-owner of the Hardware store in 1958 until he sold it in 1987. Don was a member of the Oak Park Rotary Club, the literary society Phi Sigma, the 19th Century Club, First United Church of Oak Park, vice-president for 10 years of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, and served as president of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Don was beloved by all for his intelligence, wonderful dry sense of humor, and his knowledge of how all things work. Family and friends alike depended on him for his advice which was always given with calm and confidence. His first marriage to Gretchen Larson ended with her untimely death in 1973. His marriage to Betty Barr in 1975 joined the two families and they were very happily married for the last 37 years. Theirs was the first marriage to take place in the newly merged First United Church of Oak Park. He leaves his dear wife Betty of Oak Park, sister Ruth Peaslee of Lombard IL, and children Susan Marotta (Mark), of Brookfield, Il, Andrew Peaslee of Beverly MA, Katharine Tyler (Robert) of Glen Ellyn Il, Diana Long (David) of Glen Ellyn IL, Kristin Barr (Arien Malec) of Oakland, CA, ten grandchildren: Tim Tyler (Jon Schildt), Charlie Tyler, Christine Arnold, Katharine Long, Anthony Marotta (Christal), Michael Marotta , Lisa Marotta, Thalia Barr-Malec, Xavier Barr-Malec, and Abigail Peaslee, and three great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service on Saturday May 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm. at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to 1st United Church of OP, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park IL 60301. Tuberous Sclerosis, PO Box79606, Baltimore, MD 21279. or Crohns & Colitis Foundation, 386 Park Ave, 17th floor, NY, NY 10016.

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