Don was a faithful servant to his family and his community for many years, including his service as a Shriner, Leader with the Boy Scouts, the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Major Case Squad, Retired Police Officer (of 34 years), HOA President of their neighborhood, oldest child of six siblings, among others he never bragged about.
Don enjoyed his grandchildren and children above all, but he also enjoyed hunting as often as he could get away. While at home, he was hardly idle, as Kay kept him busy, and he was always willing to lend a hand or a tool to someone in need. Don was well loved by all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert G. Sax; and his in-laws, Jack and Betty Eise.
Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Mary “Kay”, nee Eise, Sax, whom he married on December 10, 1983, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Belleville, IL; a daughter, Megan (Jay) Peters; a son, Ryan (Megan) Sax; four grandchildren, Henry and Ella Peters, and Callie and Jana Sax; his mother, Kay Sax; two brothers, Gerald “Jerry” Sax and Ronald Sax; three sisters, Barbara (John) Duncan, Jean (Gordon) Meyer, and Mary Jo (Jim) Moehle; and many nieces and nephews.
Don, being the no-frills guy he was, would much rather have seen money be sent to The BackStoppers or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children than flowers “that will die tomorrow anyway.” Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A Belleville Police Department walk-through will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly and Fr. Michael Arockiam concelebrating.