Donald R. Haerr
March 14, 1930 – March 10, 2020
Donald Ray Haerr, 89, of Bloomington, passed away on March 10th, 2020 at his residence. He was born on March 14th, 1930 in Tremont, IL to Samuel A. and Louise C. Geiger Haerr. Donald graduated with honors from University of Illinois in 1954 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture. On September 25th, 1954, he was married to Wilma Pryor. He is survived by children: Susan (Paul) Haerr Zucker of Chicago, Linda R. (Rodney) Sabick of Bloomington, and Michael (Colleen) Haerr of Olympia, WA; grandchildren: Leslie (Cody) Sabick Walker of Bloomington and Rachel Sabick of Berlin, Germany; sister, Norma Welch of Pleasant Hill, CA; sisters-in-law: Carol Haerr of Naperville and Donna Haerr St. Louis, MO. Donald was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; three brothers: Vernon R. Haerr, Louis G. Haerr, and Alvin Haerr; and sister, Virginia (Ginny) Hunziker. He loved hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, and all things outdoorsy. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church 2000 E College Ave Normal, IL at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Home Sweet Home Ministries (hshministries.org).
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Donald R. Haerr
March 10, 2021
I can't believe a year has passed since Don left us . We had just moved into Westminster Village and were heart broken because we were looking forward to spending more time with him. We miss him very much--his smile, his way of livening up a conversation and his eternal optimism, Pat and I reminisce about the many meals we shared with him and Wilma, many of them celebrating special occasions. Most memorable was our being on the same Mediterranean cruise with them. Don met no strangers. He found people to talk with regardless of what country we were in. In Venice he tried hard to get our gondolier to serenade us , but had little success. He was undaunted. Always frugal but very generous, Don was a very caring individual, which was demonstrated by his loving care for Wilma throughout her decline. Even though he is not with us in the flesh, his memory lingers vividly and remains in our hearts.
July 13, 2020
Thank you, Jerry, for sharing your kind words and memories. I am sorry you could not unmute the other day. Dad thought highly of you and your wife and enjoyed your many years of friendship. We will all miss him. —Susan
July 10, 2020
I intended to speak at the memorial service, but I didn't know how to unmute my microphone. I considered Don a really good friend whom I got to know about 20 years ago when he and I were volunteer mentors at North Point Elementary School. We shared in many of Don and Wilma's special family events such as birthdays and anniversaries. Most significant was the Mediterranean cruise we took together. Never a dull moment! Don stopped to talk with just about everyone we encountered demonstrating the born salesman that he was. Wilma, Pat and I got separated from Don in the Paris airport and had quite an adventure getting back together. The caring, compassionate man that Don was stood out in the way he cared for Wilma once she had dementia. We had looked forward to rekindling our friendship once we moved to Westminster, but sadly, Don passed away after we were there only a few days. We had looked forward to helping celebrate his 90th birthday. Don was a great man yet humble. I will greatly miss him.
July 10, 2020
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March 29, 2020
Dear Susan, Linda and Mike, All my condolences on the loss of your Dad. He and your Mom were great friends to the Mildreds. I particularly remember their kindness towards us after losing Mom. I was so happy to visit with Don often this past year at Westminster. He seemed very happy there. I will always remember his smiling face and love of life. I smile knowing our parents are happily reunited in peace. Thinking of you all, Ann and family