Donald Paul Roseboom

May 15, 1944May 25, 2019

Donald Paul Roseboom, 75, of Peoria, passed away May 25, 2019 in Springfield, IL.

He was born May 15, 1944 in Peoria to Donald and Eunice (Baer) Roseboom. He married Dorothy Richey December 23, 1984.

Surviving are his wife Dorothy Roseboom of Peoria; four brothers, Gene (Linda) Roseboom of Chillicothe, John Roseboom of Marquette Heights, Roy Roseboom of Washington and Steve Roseboom of Morton; sister-in-law, Debbie (Larry) Bradford of New Johnsonville, TN; mother-in-law, Eleanor Richey of Peoria; two sisters-in-law, Marlene and Darlene,13 nieces and nephews, and 19 great-nephews and nieces.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and two brothers, Richard and Robert Roseboom.

Don served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He received his Bachelors Degree from Monmouth College and then his Master's Degree from Bradley University. Don worked for the Illinois State Water Survey Dept. until retiring in 2001 and then worked for the U.S. Geological Survey Dept until retiring in 2015.

Don was a kind and generous man, always willing to lend a smile and a hand. Shortie and many others will miss him very much.

A memorial service will be at 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2019 with visitation one hour prior to the service at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at


  • Donald Edward Roseboom, Father
  • Eunice Baer Roseboom, Mother
  • Dorothy Richey Roseboom, Wife
  • Eleanor Richey, Mother-in-law
  • Gene (Linda) Roseboom, Brother
  • John Roseboom, Brother
  • Roy Roseboom, Brother
  • Steve Roseboom, Brother
  • Richard Roseboom, Brother
  • Robert Roseboom, Brother
  • Debbie (Larry) Bradford, Sister-in-law
  • Marlene and Darlene, Two Sister-in-laws
  • Thirteen Nieces and Nephews
  • Nineteen Great-Nieces and Nephews
  • He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Edward and Eunice ; and two brothers, Richard and Robert Roseboom.

  • Charity of Donor's Choice


  • Visitation prior to Funeral Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 8, 2019


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Robert Sinclair

June 11, 2019

In Memory of Don:

The words I am going to write are inadequate in expressing my thoughts and feelings about my relationship with Don.

Don and I worked together for many years. Those times were by far the best years

of my life and career. Don excelled in his work and profession. We did many

projects and traveled many miles together. It was always a pleasure sharing the road and the work with Don!

Don will be missed by many of us but will be remembered by all of us whose lives he touched.

Thank you Don for the good times, your friendship and for making the world a little better place for all of us.

Megan Thul

June 7, 2019

Don was a founding member of the Rivers and Streams Technical Committee, a group of professionals working on Rivers and Streams across the Midwest and Canada.

Don was an advocate for stream restoration and he encouraged professionals to collaborate on their work. Don realized a Technical Committee was the best way for information to be shared among those in his field. He knew that when people get together to share experience and provide guidance to eachother, the benefits would ripple outward and reach all the people and wildlife that depend on our rivers and streams.

Many of us who worked with Don recognize him as a leader in our field, a stream visionary. We are extremely appreciative of the work he has done and the knowledge he has shared with us.

- Members of the Rivers and Streams Technical Committee.

Dale Burkett

June 4, 2019

Don was a kind-hearted, warm, jovial person in addition to being a consummate professional who pioneered in stream bank stabilization and channel restoration. He was a joy to be around and always had a kind word for all.

David Hullinger

June 3, 2019

I appreciated the opportunity I had to get to know Don and Dorothy at the Water Survey. They are such great people. Dorothy, you have my utmost sympathy for your loss. Hope we can speak soon. I was blessed by knowing Don.

Dave Hullinger

Michael Mounce

June 3, 2019

Don was a very highly respected member of the professional Fisheries community in Illinois. His insight and experience has greatly shaped and enhanced stream management practices for the benefit of all. His great smile put everyone to ease. This is a great loss for everyone, but my sincerest condolences are with his wife and family during this painful time!

Tommie and Bill Fore

June 1, 2019

Dottie and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Dons passing. He always had a warm smile and it was apparent that y’all had a dear fondness for one another. Cherish the memories dear Dottie! He was a kind and gentle soul.

Wayne Kinney

May 30, 2019

Don was a great friend and mentor to me for over 20 years. His wisdom and good nature will be greatly missed. We spent many wonderful times together traveling Illinois and walking streams. He left a legacy that will remain with me and many others in Illinois as he was truly a pioneer in his field. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for his concern, care and the selfless sharing of time and knowledge that he demonstrated to me over the many years I had the privilege of working with Don. I owe him a great debt that I could never repay, but trust he is receiving his just reward in heaven.

Becky Sidler

May 30, 2019

Cousin Don always had a smile on his face! Whenever I visited Dad and Mom, he was usually at Aunt Eunice's taking care of her and Shorty! What a blessing he was to her! ♥️

Virginia Farley

May 30, 2019

Don was the best! So caring for his mom and thank you for your service to our country!

Barbara Frans

May 30, 2019

Correction : RIP cousin Don
Barbara & Terry Frans
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