OBITUARY

Donald Raymond Compton

June 11, 1924October 27, 2020
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Donald R. Compton, 96, of Mascoutah, IL, born June 11, 1924 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Don proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a graduate of East St. Louis High School. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Belleville Township Junior College. He spent his career with Carter Carburetor in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a longtime parishioner with Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Belleville, Illinois and was a member of the Men’s Group. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. Don also enjoyed woodworking and was quite skilled as a cabinetmaker. He loved his family and spent many days attending games with his children at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather, who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosalie E. Compton; his son, Thomas Compton; two grandchildren, Gabriel and Rose; and his parents, Donald R. and Catherine H., nee Dowd, Compton; and his siblings, Margaret (Richard) Goetz, Eugene (Mary Lou) Compton, and James (Annie) Compton; and brother-in-law, Jan Brechnitz.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Ret. Army, Donald “Butch” (Johna, Army, WAC & WASP) Compton, CWO5, MSTARAV; Mark (Paula) Compton, John Patrick (Marcia) Compton, Annette “Rhea” (Gary) Greenlee and Ellen Reis, his grandchildren, Brian (Kate), Jamie, Heather, Scott (Jennifer), Tim, Catherine (Michael), Ryan (Kari), Daniel, Kyle (Laurie), Kevin, Adam (Cassandra); great grandchildren, Noah, Hannah, Hayley, Meaghan (Greg), Dylan, Mallory, Cami, Mason, Evan, Gavin, Teagan, Mila, Colton, Brock, Wyatt, Raelynn, Hudson, Lucas, Connor, Elena Grace; his sister, Shirley Brechnitz; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staffs of Brightly Senior Living and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for their care and compassion.

Memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the funeral home with Father Matthew Elie officiating. Inurnment will follow in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

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Heather Dachsteiner

November 13, 2020

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November 13, 2020

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November 13, 2020

Steve, Cherie, Darren, Maddy, Kenzie, & Maddy Compton

November 13, 2020

We all loved Uncle Don so much and are heartbroken. Uncle Don always had a smile on his face and a good word for everyone. He was a great man and wonderful family man. Sending our love to all and looking forward to the time when we can hug everyone again. We have made a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Uncle Don.

LINDA VALLAS

November 13, 2020

Mr. Compton was the most kind gentleman that I have ever met. His commitment to his family, especially his beautiful wife, was unwavering. He raised a wonderful family and will forever be missed.

Love and prayers to all of the Compton Kids and Grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Linda Vallas

Mark & Jo Downs

November 12, 2020

Mark, Scott, Jennifer, & Family,

We were sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in your memories and love of your father/grandfather.

Mark & Jo Downs

Mark Jasper

November 12, 2020

Good Morning,
I am so sorry to hear of the family's loss. I hope you find many lost memories in the next week. I remember being in the cub scouts and being at your house. I have a memory of the cub pack making wooden holders, that looked like a chicken, for our mothers. The spools of thread around the base and a pair of scissors through the head that made it look like its beak. Hope to hear back from you Don. Had looked for you on Facebook. Met up with Jeff Ritchie a few yrs back. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
As Always & Still
Mark

Meaghan Dachsteiner

November 4, 2020

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November 4, 2020

Denice Baker

November 4, 2020

It is because of these 3 people we all exist and I myself could not have asked for a more loving and fun family to belong to. Thank you all for keeping in touch. Truly sorry for the loss of Uncle Don as we always called him that even though he was my Mothers cousin. God Bless you all, stay safe and well. 😍🥰😘

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