Donald G. Averbeck, Sr., 59, of Marissa, IL, born February 11, 1956 in Red Bud, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL. Mr. Averbeck was a dairy herdsman for 20 years cdl boom truck operator at Wright Building Center for 13 years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lively Grove, IL and a member of The St. Louis Metropolitan Pigeon Fanciers Association, Inc. and the National Classic Old Frill Club.
Mr. Averbeck was preceded in death by his father, Henry Averbeck, 1 brother; Leroy Averbeck, 1 sister; Louise Derringer and 1 brother-in-law; Gary Derringer.
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Lynn M., nee Conway, Averbeck, of Marissa, whom he married on August 13, 1977 in St. Libory, IL, 2 sons; Donald G. Averbeck, Jr. of Coulterville, IL and Jason D. Averbeck of Swansea, IL, 1 daughter; Amanda L. (Chad) Bumann of Marissa, IL, his mother; Josephine, nee Luecking, Averbeck of St. Libory, IL, 4 brothers; Jim (Jackie) Averbeck of Waterloo, IL, David (Karen) Averbeck of Marissa, IL, Mark (Diane) Averbeck of Hoyleton, IL and Leon (Brenda) Averbeck of Lively Grove, IL, 2 sisters; Joan Derringer of Ellis Grove, IL and Brenda (Steve) Greaney of Lively Grove, IL, 1 brother-in-law; Larry Derringer of Perryville, MO, 2 granddaughters; Lillian and Madelyn Averbeck, and a grandson who is due to be born in September.
Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony Catholic Church Cemetery fund.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com.
Visitation: Friends may call at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lively Grove, IL from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015 and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lively Grove, IL with Father Steven Poole officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of the arrangements.
We will always have fond memories of Donald, we really enjoyed those butchering days when David and Donald would “discuss” where the cuts should be made. He was always a lot of fun! We’ve truly lost one of the good guys. Rest in Peace Donald, you have fought a valiant battle and you deserve rest!
Posted by: Tracy & Rita Appel – Sparta, IL May 06, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Don. We were high school friends and he will be great missed. My sympathy to all the Averbeck family
Posted by: Debbie Hacker Braun – Freeburg,, IL – class mate May 06, 2015
My deepest sympathy to all of you. It is never easy to let go of the ones that we love. Please take comfort in knowing that he is not alone, is not in pain, and will never truly leave your side. His love for you with continue to grow with each memory that you share. And one day you will all meet again on the same journey.
I send this candle to shed light of healing in your dark hours of sorrow.
Posted by: Lyne Cook – Evansville, IL – Friend of Daughter May 06, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Don. He was a great guy and always fun to be around in school. The world lost a wonderful guy but heaven gained an awesome angel. Hoping that you find peace from the love and memories of Don.
Posted by: Lynn Tadlock Welch – Freeburg, IL – high school friend May 06, 2015
Junior you and your family have our sympathy
Posted by: Bob and Toni Douglas – Coulterville, IL – Friends through Geoff Kiefer May 06, 2015
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Don was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed.
Posted by: Art and Barb Johnson – Walnut, IL – Friends May 06, 2015
Worked with Don for several years at Wrights. He always had a smile on his face and a hello. My sympathy to the family
Posted by: Mary Ann Bowerman – Campbell Hill, IL May 06, 2015
Donald like all of the Averbeck clan is well thought of and respected throughout. I am proud to have know Donald. A very good man! He will be greatly missed and im looking forward to see him again soon. remember he is only a whisper away.
Posted by: bobby appel – Columbia, TN – friend of family May 06, 2015
I was always glad to see Don making my deliveries because he would go out of his way to help in whatever way possible. I would tell him what I was doing and he would get there at the right time to help me set a door or unload shingles or just whatever I needed help with, all the time talking and telling stories. I would never tell him I had already heard the story I would just listen again.
Posted by: Tracy Smith – Sparta, IL – Friend May 06, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to the Averbeck family. I pray that faith will uphold you and memories carry you through.
Posted by: Melinda Rexford – Alton, IL – Friend of family May 06, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Averbecks. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Posted by: Mike Link – Troy, IL May 06, 2015
I went to High School with the Averbecks the first year St. Libory switched from Marissa to Freeburg. We were on the baseball team together, David, a pitcher and Donald a catcher. I have fond memories of staying over night at the Averbecks’ and waking up at 5:00AM to do the milking prior to a breakfast for 13 around a massive table. Nobody was starving for a week after that meal!
Posted by: Mike Germann – Bel Air, MD – Classmate May 07, 2015
It just seems like yesterday as I recall our playing days back in Freeburg.
I’m sure I caught a game or 2 with Donald on the mound and I’m pretty
sure he was a left-hander with a sidewinder pitch,, Always a strike, I may add.
One of the truly friendliest individuals even at an early age of 16-17 that I have
ever met. God Bless you Donald. Stay warmed up, I.m behind the plate.
Posted by: Glenn ‘Willie” Gough – Monroe, LA – baseball team-mate May 07, 2015
I hadn’t seen Don since high school but I’ll never forget the first day of first grade. The nuns paired us in twos and Don was my partner that day which brought many more years all the way through high school of friendship. It is a sad day but full of great chidhood memories. God Bless you Don and look after your family
Posted by: Bob Rothluebbers – St Louis, MO – Childhood Friend May 07, 2015
Our thoughts and prayer are with you Leon and your family, may the Good Lord have all of you in his hands.
Posted by: Inspector Mike Johnson – Caseyville, IL May 07, 2015
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Posted by: Dennis & Michelle Klein – Athens, AL May 08, 2015
our deepest sympathy goes out to the family for you loss. May God bring peace to Donald as well as the family. God Bless.
Posted by: Ruth & Mike Lumpkins – TX May 08, 2015
I’m so sorry for your loss. My sympathy to all.
Posted by: Kathy Luecking – Belleville, IL May 08, 2015
When I heard, I’m so sorry. My sympathy to all!
Posted by: Kathy Luecking – Bellleville, IL May 08, 2015
So sorry to hear about Don’s passing. My sincere condolences to Aunt Josephine & all the family.
Posted by: Cousin Dallas – Custer, SD May 09, 2015
So sorry to read of Don’s passing he was a great guy! Lynn our payers go out to you and the kids. May the Lord bless you and comfort your heart and uplift your spirit and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace. With our Deepest Sympathy.
Gary and Jenith Henson
Posted by: Gary and Jenith Henson – STEELEVILLE, IL – Friends from Slapers dance club May 14, 2015