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DANVILLE - Donald Eugene "Gene" Dobkins, 81, of Danville passed away at 4:30 a.m. Aug. 23, 2017, at Heritage Health in Hoopeston, Ill.
"Gene" was born Sept. 27, 1935, in Hoopeston, the son of John and Cornelia (Howard) Dobkins. He was formerly married to Ellen Jennetta (Catron) Dobkins.
Survivors include his two sons, Martin "Marty" (Abby) Dobkins and Marvin (Amber "Jeanie") Dobkins both of Hoopeston; five grandchildren, Brad Dobkins, Sabrina Dobkins, Jeramy Dobkins, Joshua Dobkins and Jessica (Michael) Davis; one great-granddaughter, Lydia Davis; special friends, Tom Hanks, Jim Warfield and Bob Mooney; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
"Gene" was preceded in death by his parents; former wife; one infant son; one brother, Richard "Bud" Dobkins; as well as three sisters, Helen Schroeder, Arvetta Morgenson and Ada Gooden.
"Gene" was a forklift operator for American Can in Hoopeston for over 36 years. In his younger days he enjoyed racing go-karts, riding his motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Rev. Andrew Martin will officiate. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Sheriff's Association, 401 E. Washington St., Suite 1000, Springfield, IL 62701.
Please join Donald's family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on August 28, 2017
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