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Donald L. Schielein

CHILLICOTHE – Donald L. Schielein, 88, of Chillicothe, passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born Nov. 8, 1925, in Peoria, to Leonard B. and Anna H. (Kriete) Schielein.

Donald was a 1944 graduate of Chillicothe Township High School and a veteran of the Navy. He married M. Rosene Conley of Princeville on Nov. 25, 1948.

He was a lifelong farmer, retiring in 2005. He was a member of Peoria County Farm Bureau, serving as a director for many years.

In 2007, he received the Ag Service Award for his dedication and support of the Farm Bureau.

He served on, and worked with, Peoria County Extension Board and Foundation.

He served as a trustee for Medina Township and served on many other boards and committees. He was a member and supporter of Pearce Community Center in Chillicothe.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years; their four children, Reanee (Harry) Gladden of Holland, Mich., Robert (Juli) Schielein of Chillicothe, and Diana Westart and James (Bernadine) Schielein, both of Dixon; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Louise Tobin of Mossville.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Keith Walder officiating.

Burial will be at LaSalle Cemetery in Chillicothe.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edwards Catholic Church in Chillicothe, Peoria County Farm Bureau Foundation, or Camp Courageous of Iowa, a camp for special needs children.

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