May 28, 1949 - November 15, 2020
Donald E. Hemenover, 71 of Bourbonnais and formerly of Clifton passed away at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He was born in Kankakee on May 28, 1949, the son of George and Eleanor “Nory” (Mathy) Hemenover. He married Claudette Benoit in Kankakee on September 4, 1976 and she survives. He is also survived by one daughter, Kendra (Gregg) Prairie of Bourbonnais; three sons, Matthew (Sarah) Hemenover of Bourbonnais, Kyle (Lisa) Hemenover of Mokena, and Luke (Lindy) Hemenover of Austin, TX; one sister, Pam Ferdinand of Maple Park; and nine grandchildren, Alex Prairie, Jack Prairie, Kate Prairie, Tess Prairie, Mason Hemenover, Ryan Hemenover, Ava Hemenover, Layla Hemenover, and Lily Hemenover. He was preceded in death by his parents. Following high school at Clifton Central, “Big D” attended Missouri-Rolla where he ran track and obtained a degree in civil engineering. After graduation, he would go on to enroll in the Peace Corps – helping build villages in Fuji. In 1974, Don returned to Clifton and began helping operate Hemenover Construction alongside his father George. He was an active leader in the local community, having periodically served as a board member for the Central Booster Club, Lions’ Club, the Clifton Development Corporation, Clifton Community Hospital, Home Builder’s Association of Kankakee, and Home Builder’s Association of Illinois. Don helped create SAMS Basketball, Stars Youth Football, the CHS Wall of Honor, and the Clifton Greenway Trail. “Big D” loved fishing, boating, traveling, exploring, and socializing. His proudest moments have been raising his four children, and serving as Papa to his 9 grandchildren. Don’s legacy mirrors that of the motto for his now-third generation family construction business: “Quality with Integrity.” A private funeral mass will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Clifton. Fr. Vern Arseneau will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Uplifted Care or Ronald McDonald House. Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
Donald E. Hemenover, 71 of Bourbonnais and formerly of Clifton passed away at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He was born in Kankakee on May 28, 1949, the son of George and Eleanor “Nory” (Mathy)... View Obituary & Service Information
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