Don Weisenstein

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Don J. Weisenstein, 85, of Belleville, IL, born January 30, 1936, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, June 28, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Weisenstein was a 1954 graduate of Belleville Township High School and lettered in both football and wrestling. He attended Belleville Area College and was a member of the National Honor Society. Don continued his education at the University of Missouri Rolla and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He was on the Dean’s Honor List his senior year of college. He served in the United States Air Force Reserve from 1954 to 1958, and then served in the United States Army, both active duty and Reserve, from 1958 to 1963. Don was a staff sergeant in a field artillery battalion in charge of the survey unit.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 1937, past treasurer of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, and a member of the Illinois Association of Highway Engineers. He was also a member of the River King Retriever Club, Retrievers Unlimited, and his dog, Eldorado Max, was a field trial champion. Don was a registered professional engineer and head of the local roads department with the Illinois Department of Transportation. He retired in 1991. He was an avid bowler, awarded for rolling a 300 game and games over 700. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time rebuilding his clubhouse, the Mallard Hunt Club, and conserving the land. He also spent his retirement, and often his working life, hunting deer, duck and geese. The flocks breathed a collective sigh of relief with Bill Buss and Don out of the wetlands.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyman J. and Mildred R., nee Feickert, Weisenstein; and a brother, Curt Weisenstein.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Weisenstein, nee Keller, whom he married on Nov. 22, 1974;

four children, Michelle (Jeff Kinnikin) Kraintz, Brad (Kathryn) Weisenstein, Beth (Robert) Manville, and Tiffany Gulk; seven grandchildren, Kara Weisenstein, Aaron Manville, Jessica Kraintz, Lauren (Tim) Bainter, Taylor Gulk, Rose Weisenstein, and Trevor Kraintz; and a great-granddaughter, Ava Bainter; two brothers, Kent (Joan) Weisenstein and Hugh (Linda) Weisenstein; nieces and nephews; and his dog, Duke.

Memorials may be made to Paws for Purple Hearts, or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.



13 Comments on Don Weisenstein

Mark/Judie O'Mara said : Guest Report Aug 05, 2021 at 9:30 AM

Our condolences to uncle Dons family and friends. I always enjoyed the times I got to talk sports with him. He was a great guy and he will be missed. RIP Uncle Don. Mark, Judie and Colin

  • Saint Charles
  • Missouri
John&Lucy Tigue said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2021 at 5:38 PM

Our sincerest condolences to Don’s family on his passing. As long- term next door neighbors, we have only fond memories of our many years of conversations across the fence. RIP dear sir!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sharon Megee said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2021 at 8:28 AM

Dear Sir: "Go high on that mountain, Your work on Earth is done."

  • Plano
  • Texas
Donna O'Mara said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2021 at 8:25 AM

Dear Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Uncle Don. He was certainly one of a kind. We will miss his stories and laughter so very much. Hugs. Love always, Donna, Jack and Chelsea

  • Kirkwood
  • Mo
Franz Kraintz said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2021 at 3:26 AM

To Don’s Family and Friends My deepest sympathy as you face the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, mentor, and companion who meant so much to all us. Wishing your fond memories and shared joys of Don comfort you during these difficult times. He surely will be missed but always remembered and loved. Sincerely, Franz Kraintz

  • Honolulu
  • Hawaii
Terry Schwarz said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2021 at 6:39 PM

RIP Don from a old neighbor

  • Daytona Beach
  • Florida
Steve Bertelsman said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2021 at 12:44 PM

Dear Brad & Kathy, I always enjoyed Don coming into the shop and his stories. He was a classic individual with a true love for his family. He WILL be sorely missed. With Sincere Sorrow.. Steve Bertelsman (Bertco Automotive)

  • Belleville
  • IL
Vickie Schwahn said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2021 at 12:23 AM

Sending our prayers and condolences from the Schwahn and Edge Revis families.

  • Wilson
  • NC
Michael Kraus said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2021 at 12:15 AM

Tiffany and Michelle, sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Tiffany, give me a call if you ever need to talk. 502-602-9181

  • Louisville
  • Kentucky
Uliana Buxton said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2021 at 3:27 PM

Barb my deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. Uliana

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2021 at 2:07 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • nashville
  • il
Kenny Cook said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2021 at 12:53 PM

Sorry for your loss Brad .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kenny Cook said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2021 at 12:53 PM

Sorry for your loss Brad .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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