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Park, Donald Gale
Donald Gale Park, 80, of Galesburg, went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Cottage Hospital.

He was born October 13, 1931 in Galesburg, Ill., the son of George Harry Park and Lillian Otelia (Peterson) Park.

He was reared and educated in Galesburg where he had lived his entire life.

Don was married to Louise Elizabeth Pedigo on Nov. 26, 1949 in Kahoka, Mo. by the Rev. W.J. Vaughn. She passed away in Oct. 1989. Dons second love was Kathy Pearcy who passed away in Jan. 2004.

He was a machinist at the Burlington Northern Railroad for 46 years, retiring in 1996. As a young man he also worked for Elliott's Gas Station and did carpentry work as well. Don was an avid hunter and fisherman for most of his life, and enjoyed connecting with the Lord in the timber. As a boy and young man he attended church services at the First Lutheran Church in Galesburg. His favorite hunting and fishing buddy was his son, Dale. Don also enjoyed reading and had an insatiable appetite for books. He possessed excellent carpentry skills and built many things throughout his life. He especially enjoyed his family and spending time with his grandchildren, and being their "Bubba."

He is survived by three daughters, one son, and two sons-in-law. They are Linda Knuth, Shirley and Rocky Lester, and Dale Park, all of Galesburg, and Mary and Rory Franck of Cambridge, Ill. Other survivors include eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Leo and Zella. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gladys DuBois, Gertrude Shelton Dickerson, and Francis Anderson Sparks; and one brother, Harry Dale Park.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 20, 2012 in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Curt Lipe will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or Galesburg Public Library Foundation. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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