The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


February 9, 2014

Don Dunavan

Don Dunavan, 67, of Danville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

He was born Nov. 22, 1946, in Danville, the son of Ralph and Ellen Story Dunavan.

He is survived by his brother, Dan (Katy) Dunavan; his sister, Mary Jo (Marvin) McDonald; his daughters, Desire (Chad) Wear, and Tamara (Chris) Gudauskas; his grandchildren, Marshall and Donavan Gudauskas; and a special friend, Joellyn Krauel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Sondra.

Don worked at Hyster as a tool and die maker for more than 30 years. He also was a part of the Union Executive Committee for 18 years; he served as the president of the committee for five years.

Don was the late model track champion at the Vermilion County Speedway. He also was a strong supporter of concealed carry in Illinois. Don was a 42-year Masonic Lodge member, as well as a member of Scottish Rite since 1976.

Don was an Illini and Chicago bears fan; he also was a member of “the chain gang” with Bismarck High School for 38 years and never missed a game. He was an avid sprint car fan and enjoyed spending winters in Eustis, Fla., for speed week and above all else, Bike Week. Don loved the freedom he got from riding on his Harley, going to motorcycle events and H.O.G. rallies. He also enjoyed traveling to different flea markets in Florida. Don was a helper. He loved helping his fellow man with mowing and plowing snow. He would help fight for the underdog with his union activities. He became a Christian when he was baptized at Old Union Church, and he was a longtime member of Crossroads Christian Church.

Don loved to ski; this was a trait he passed to his daughter Desire. He also enjoyed golfing with friends and family, deer hunting, country dancing and rodeos.

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