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Donald M. McFarland, 94, of Hoopeston, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston. He was born Sept. 12, 1922, in Hoopeston, the son of Arthur and Jennie (Wilkie) McFarland.
He married Patricia Duffin on June 28, 1947 in Hoopeston. She preceded him in death on Oct. 19, 2000.
He is survived by one son, D. Michael McFarland of Champaign; one sister, Mary Jo Sims of Dayton, Ohio; one brother, H. Richard "Dick" McFarland of Indianapolis; and three nieces and nephews, Jenny, Marian and David.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wilkie McFarland; an infant brother; two sisters-in-law, Sarah "Sally" McFarland and Rosalie McFarland; and brother-in-law, James "Jim" Sims.
Don was an operating engineer at Bowles Construction in Rossville for many years and later helped his brother, Dick, on the farm. He served in the United States Navy as a Seabee from 1944-1946, serving in the Philippines and New Guinea. He was a member of Hoopeston American Legion Post #384 and Hoopeston VFW Buddy Egnew Post #4826, where he helped with many functions. Don was also a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hoopeston. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed square dancing with his wife, Patricia, watching television and collecting antique vehicles.
A visitation will be held 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. The funeral service will follow the visitation and will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Wade Meranda officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston. Military rites will be accorded by Hoopeston American Legion Post #384.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 207 S. Prospect Road Suite 1 Bloomington, IL 61704 or The Bobette Steely Hegeler Cancer Care Center at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, 806 North Logan Avenue Danville, IL 61832.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Don's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Published on January 13, 2017
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