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Donald V. Lynch

November 22, 1921 November 23, 2009
Donald V. Lynch
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PEORIA-Donald (Don) V. Lynch, 88, passed at his Peoria home November 23, 2009, surrounded by family. Born November 22, 1921, Decatur, IL to Dewey and Mildred Cunningham Lynch, he married Betty Yeadicke on November 28, 1942 in Peoria. He is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, his daughter, Patricia Cook of Scottsdale, AZ, brother Dallas (Dorothy) of Peoria, sister Shirley Haushahn, of Pekin, four grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great-great grandson and a daughter-in-law. Don was preceded in death by one son, Robert James, sister, Betty Kruse, brother, Kenneth Lynch and one grandson, Timothy. A graduate of East Peoria High and Caterpillar Apprentice Program, most of his working years were spent as co-owner of Hayden-Lynch IGA in Peoria. He served in the Navy during World War II as a “Seabee”, being discharged in January of 1946. In his semi-retirement years, he worked along side his brother, Dallas, at Lynch Aluminum in Peoria. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Peoria and Illinois Lodge #263 AF&AM. Don was a “special” uncle to a number of nephews, their wives and their children. He never “met a stranger” and touched many lives with his friendship, kindness, humor and generosity. A long time resident of Kiwanis London House in Peoria, his warm smile and gardening skills will be missed. Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Dwight Winnette at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 28 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with visitation one hour prior to services. Additional visitation will be held at the Mortuary, Friday evening from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 6 p.m. Interment will be at Parkview Cemetery, Peoria. Mike Kruse, Glen, David and Ken Lynch along with grandsons, Donald Cook and Andrew Lynch will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the nonprofit organization Hooked on Fishing (PO Box 176, Washington, IL. 61571) are welcome. It is the mission of the organization to teach the sport and joy of fishing to local children, senior citizens, and special needs groups by providing the equipment, place, and education free of charge. Fishing was a life-long passion of Don’s leading him to spend time in both Wisconsin and Okeechobee, FL in his later years, with Clearwater serving as his winter home.   Pop, Unc, Grandfather--you were the best and we were honored to both have your love and give you love.

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