Donald "Don" R. McCall

June 15, 1946May 2, 2021

Donald Ray McCall, age 74, of Dunlap, passed away at home on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Donald was born in Princeton, Illinois, on June 15, 1946, to Raymond E and Laura E (Zimmerman) McCall.

He graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics. He served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army from 1969-1970, receiving two bronze stars, and returned to teach mathematics at Pekin High School for seven years. He later worked at several local banks, retiring from South Side Bank in 2007. He was a member of VFW Post 814 and American Legion Post 1, serving with their honor guard. He was a member of Grace Evangelical Church in Morton for many years and recently a member of Grace Presbyterian Church of Peoria.

A devoted family man who lived out his faith, Don is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Lea; daughters Jennifer (Scott) Reel of Peoria and Dana (Eric) Button of St. Charles, MO; his mother, Laura McCall, of Princeton; one brother, Steven (Judy) McCall of Princeton; and one sister, Lynn Hoffmann of Princeton. He was the proud and beloved grandfather to Jaelen Russell, and Kyle, Hannah, Kelsey, and Noah Button.

Don was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 5th, from 4-7 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Funeral Chapel (2021 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61604) and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6th at Grace Presbyterian Church (8607 IL-91, Peoria, IL 61615). A funeral service will follow with Pastor John Hopwood officiating. Military honors will be presented at a graveside burial ceremony directly following the funeral service at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made in Don’s memory to the following organizations: Greater Peoria Honor Flight (PO Box 5072, Peoria, IL 61601); The Christian Center (4100 N Brandywine Dr., Peoria, IL 61614); or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at


  • Jaelen Russell
  • Kyle Button
  • Casey Neill
  • Michael McCall
  • Eric Button
  • Scott Reel
  • Hannah Button, Honorary
  • Kelsey Button, Honorary
  • Noah Button, Honorary

  • Greater Peoria Honor Flight
  • The Christian Center
  • Charity of Donor's Choice


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021


Donald "Don" R. McCall

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Brooke Simmons

May 10, 2021

Uncle Don was always so easy to talk to, even when I hadn't seen him for a year or more. I remember the way he would smile while he listened and you could tell he really cared about what you were saying. He had such a strong, quiet presence. He was a blessing to our family, tragically taken. There are no words to make sense of this.
Aunt Lea, Jenny, Dana, the grandchildren, and Don's family are in my continuous prayers. We will see him again!

Ken and Connie VanNattan

May 6, 2021

Dear Lea,
There are no words to say how very sorry we were to hear of Don's passing. He will always be remembered as a kind, gentle, and loving man who was dedicated to his family. We are with you and your family in thought and prayer as you face the days ahead.
With deepest sympathy,
Ken and Connie VanNattan
Monett, Missouri

Judith Dorsa

May 5, 2021


While I knew Don, it was not as well as I would have liked. What I knew about him was mostly through you. But I do know that he loved you and his family, he loved God, and he loved his country that he so proudly served in the military. There could be no better testament to a man's life than that.

Once again, I am so sorry, to you and your family, for your loss. May God bless and comfort you.

Gary Zimmerman

May 5, 2021

Don was a very kind and caring person. He was also a gentle and faithful Christian. We will surely miss him. We will see him at the second coming!

Elly Conklin

May 5, 2021

Dear Lea, I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Don well but I’ve heard so many stories from my parents about the “good old days” and the time you all spent together over the years. He was certainly a special man and will be greatly missed. You will be in my prayers and on my mind every day. I pray that the peace that transcends understanding will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Very sincerely, Elly (Benson) Conklin

William Davies

May 5, 2021

From An Old Soldier's Prayer:

I have fought when others feared to serve.
I have gone where others failed to go.
I've lost friends in war and strife,
Who valued Duty more than love of life.

Don was a proud member of the United States Army
and an honored member of the American Legion Post 2.
He was our legion member for more then 16 years.
He will always be remembered as "one of us."

For God and Country
Bill Davies
Commander Post 2

Matt Smith

May 4, 2021

Dear Jenny, Scott and Jalen,
We wish we had the words to express how deeply sorry We are for your loss. Your dad and grandfather was a wonderful man. We are honored to have known him and considered him a friend. I will never forget the numerous games and events we shared laughs and stories about the boys! May Christ’s Loving arms envelope Don as well as all of you. God Bless
Matthew and Jradon Smith

Ron Menold

May 4, 2021

Lea, so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I remember meeting him only briefly once or twice, but could sense that he was "a man who lived out his faith." Lynn's older brother Mike served in Viet Nam the same time Don did. Lynn well remembers you as a neighbor, librarian and English teacher at Tremont High School, and of course I remember our years at Caterpillar and you being one of my regular garden produce 'customers.' My parents were also married 52 years when my dad passed. May you find comfort in memories of what you shared in this life and the confident expectation of being together again in the next.

Earl Cecil

May 4, 2021

Lea & family,
Our sympathy to you and your family at this time of Don's passing. We recall many good memories of you both during our years in Morton. May the Lord give you peace and comfort as you grieve knowing the hope we have in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Our love and prayers,
Earl & Cheryl Cecil

Brad Salley

May 3, 2021

We are devastated to hear of the loss of Don, our dear friend from Illinois State days. Don was a strong, but quiet, witness for Jesus and was devoted in every way to his wonderful family and most importantly to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We share in this loss, and we will be praying for Lea and the rest of family now and in the days ahead.

God Bless,

Brad and Judy Salley