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Earl F. Donley, 80, of Cissna Park, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Earl was born Aug. 5, 1937, in Danville, the son of Elmer and Louise Burroughs Donley. He married Mary Lee Messman on Jan. 26, 1958, in Broadlands, and she survives.
Besides his wife, Mary Lee Donley of Cissna Park, he is survived by his mother, Louise Donley of Oakwood; two brothers and one sister, Bob (Kay) Donley of Danville, Betty (Earl) Plotner of Platte City, Mo., and Gene Donley of Westville; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Zollar Donley of Hoopeston; three grandchildren, Dylan, Carly, and Michael Donley; and one great granddaughter, Harper Donley.
He was preceded in death by his father and two sons, Mark and David.
Mr. Donley was owner and operator of Earl Donley Trucking and farmed for more than 50 years. He enjoyed trapshooting, his Camaro, eating at truck stops, and riding his motorcycle. Earl loved teasing people and having fun.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Knapp Funeral Home in Cissna Park. Deacon Pat Skelly will officiate. Burial will follow at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
Memorials may be made to the family or St. John's Lutheran Church at Ash Grove.
Please share a memory of Earl at www.knappfuneralhomes.com.
Published on March 10, 2018
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