Donald ‘Don” Lazar, 79, of Kewanee, Il. died at 6:40 P.M. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home with his family by his side.
Don was born June 26, 1934 in Kewanee the son of Ignatz and Martha (Ptashnik) Lazar. Don graduated from Kewanee High School in 1952. Don served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. While in the service, he played on travelling basketball and baseball teams.
Don married Dolores Rodriguez on November 12, 1966 in Kewanee, Il. She preceded him in death on May 7, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his parents, six brothers John, Charles, William, Alex, Adam and Tony and three sisters Annie, Leona and Sophie.
Surviving is one son Rudy (Judy) Vasquez of Lincoln, Ne., two daughters Kelly (Bill) Hicks of Kewanee and Marcy (David) Johnson of Galva, Il., seven grandchildren Alison, Joshua, Lee, Joey, Ashley, Natalie and D.J., thirteen great grandchildren Ryan, Carson, Jaxson, Landon, Addy, Lincoln, Abe, Griffin, Remy, Kamdyn, Drake, Reggie and Cain and one brother Philip (Lynn) Lazar of Guy Texas.
Don was employed as a brick and stone mason for Vigor Brothers in Kewanee for many years prior to his retirement.
He was a fan of the Kewanee Boilermakers sports programs and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play. He was also a fan of the Chicago Cubs. Don was an avid golfer and played in many local leagues. He was also a member of Ceil and Oscars Tap pick league. Don was close to his brothers, enjoyed his neighborhood friends and will be remembered as a practical joker. His grandchildren recall him as a man of great strength and inspiration to the family. Don was a man who led by strong beliefs and family values.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Fr. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, Il. where military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, June 11th at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Preferred Hospice or to the family for a bench to be erected at the Park District ball diamond.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com