PECATONICA – Donald G. Baal, 84, of Pecatonica, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, at Stephenson Nursing Center in Freeport, surrounded by his loving family.
Donald was born Sept. 5, 1928, in Seward, the son of George and Annetta (Borgmann) Baal. Don married Velda Klenz on Feb. 14, 1954, in Ridott. Don farmed for 42 years around the German Valley and Pecatonica area. He also worked for Dean Foods and Green Giant. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952, during the Korean War. Don enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing pool, and traveling to 49 states. He was a member of American Legion Eugene Barloga 197; a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Donald Lorraine Tarbest 8416; Teamsters Retiree 325 Rockford; and Westfield Community Center.
Survivors include his wife, Velda Baal of Pecatonica; two sons, Stephen (Bonita) Baal of Freeport and Charles (Brenda) Baal of Mount Morris; three granddaughters, Michele, Kimberly, and Emily Baal; grandson, Justin (Cassie) Baal; great-grandson, Kolbe Baal; great-granddaughter, Maddison Baal; sisters, Dorothy Stewart of Freeport and Marilyn Peck of German Valley; brother, George (Erma) Baal of German Valley; and sister-in-law, Pat Baal. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Dale.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, with the funeral at 10 a.m. Friday, at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home in Freeport, with the Rev. John Hollis officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport.
A memorial has been established.
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