Donald Eugene Walsh, 83, of Salina, Kansas, formerly of Bourbonnais, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in his home surrounded by family. He was born on March 22, 1939 in Gilman, a son of Lawrence (Tuffy) and Myrtle (Mulder) Walsh and they preceded him in death. Don married Patricia Ann Harwood in Watseka on June 8, 1963 and she preceded him in death on August 2, 1993. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Walsh and William Walsh and his in-laws, Bob and Ann Harwood.
Don is survived by two daughters, Michelle (Mike) Ratcliff of Normal and Stephanie (Harvey) Wall of Salina, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Miranda) Wall, Matthew (Kelsey) Ratcliff, Meghann (Christopher) Baker, Marcus (Brianna) Ratcliff, Miley Ratcliff, Mason Ratcliff, Mitchell (Lauren) Ratcliff; six great-grandchildren, Marshall and Harrison Baker, Colton and Makenna Ratcliff, Madeline Ratcliff, and Ayden Wall; his sister, Marilyn Meehan of Collinsville; and brother-in-law, Bob (Denise) Harwood of Watseka.
Don lived his life to the fullest. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus member as well as a pilot and race car driver. He earned his pilot's license at Koerner Aviation in Kankakee and was a member of EAA. He raced a Triumph Spitfire and a Fiat X-19 as a member of Midwest Council and SCCA racing clubs throughout the Midwest. He was an accountant and worked for Kanweld in Kankakee and later was a small business owner of MarCon Pies is Washington, Kansas. Don was of the Catholic faith.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka with Fr. Mike Powell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m. also at the church. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Gilman.
Memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Arrangements are by the Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman.
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