Donald Leefers Konneker, 90, of Carlinville, IL, passed away Sunday morning, September 17, 2017 at 8:59 A.M. at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Donald was born on June 29, 1927 to William Otto Konneker and Opal Leefers.
He grew up on the farm East of Carlinville. He joined the Navy in 1945 and was discharged in 1946. He married his high school sweet heart, Betty Jane Fullington, on August 10, 1947. They were married 67 years, she passed away in August of 2014.
They are the parents of 4 children. Kathryn (Robert) Basso, William (Tammy) Konneker, Robert (Ann) Konneker, and Richard Konneker. They have 9 grandchildren, Doug (Ruby) Basso, Laura (Martin) mix, Josef Konneker, David (Heidi) Konneker, Morgan (Tyler) Lynch, Alison (Matt) Hunt, Kristin (Ben) Livermore, Alissa (Frank) Barrett, III, and Josh Konneker and 14 great-grandchildren that love to ride with him in his side by side. Tia LaRose, Kaylee Mix, Tayler Basso, Mollie and Adrienne Konneker, Jadyn Matthan, and Maddison Konneker, Ethan and Henry Hunt, Ellie and Charlotte Livermore, Frankie and Hannah Barrett.
Mr. Konneker started in the parts department of Marshall-Brown in 1948, and within a year became part of management. In 1952, he and Bob Brown purchased the remaining interest of C.D. Marshall, and incorporated into Konneker-Brown, Inc. and were in business at 218 Main Street until 1979. They moved the business into a new 25,000 facility on Shad Road. He was a successful and active business man, until his retirement in 1992. He was very active in Carlinville Lions Club, serving as President in 1969-70. Also donating many hours driving the “wagon train” every September for the Lions Carnival He was a member of the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, Elks and American Legion. He also serviced as President of Moore Cemetery Association. He volunteered his time and equipment during the building of Loveless Park and Carlinville Country Club.
He was also a member of Cross Country Church and has served on the building committee, finance committee, and currently the landscaping crew. Donald has also spent many, many hours helping with the reconstruction phase of the new building at the Carlinville Campus, and the parking lots and playgrounds at the Staunton and Hettick Campus’.
He always showed his devotion to Christ and to all. He blessed his family and friends with his compassion, love, and friendly smile.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Cross Church in Carlinville, IL. Pastor Tim Rhodus will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 4 until 7 P.M. at Cross Church. Burial will be in the Moore Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the Cross Church Building Fund.
Davis-Anderson Funeral Homes, Carlinville, IL, is in charge of arrangements.
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