Donald Ayres

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Donald Lee Ayres, 64, of Shiloh, IL, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by those dearest to him.

Don was born in Akron, Ohio. He was the son of Drexel and Emilie, nee Wright, Ayres. Don graduated high school in Tallmadge, Ohio. He attended Akron University and took courses in electronics before his career path solidified when he joined the Air Force and became an electrician. He retired after 40 years of dedicated service to the Department of Defense. In his retirement, Don enjoyed spending time with his family, his good friend Susan, nee Thoma, Rauckman, and her family, the creative hobby of model railroading, listening to music, and riding a bicycle (fast!)

He was preceded in death by his father, Drexel Hill Ayres.

He is survived by his children, Jennifer Renee (Michael) Parks,
and Michael (Michelle) Spencer;
three grandchildren, Cora Parks, Alden Spencer and Ashley Spencer;
his mother, Emilie Keith of Munroe Falls, OH;
three sisters, Drexie (Ken) Frech, Lori (Terry) Colbert both of Mogadore, OH.
and Judith (Dave) Pearcy of Orlando, FL;
a brother, Darrell (Diane) Ayres of Tallmadge, OH;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to any organization benefitting pancreatic cancer research. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2019, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Cari Frus officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


7 Comments on Donald Ayres

Jim Ables said : Guest Report Sep 28, 2019 at 3:13 AM

Debbie and I send our condolences. Don was a good man and good friend. We will miss him tremendously. Farewell my friend. Rest in peace.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2019 at 5:31 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Reginald said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2019 at 2:40 AM

On behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logistics Activity, we send our sincere condolences to the Ayres family. Don was truly a great American and he will be missed. We will always keep your family in our prayers. Sending many blessings, Warm Regards, Reginald W. King 5955 Attu St, EXTD U. S. Army Corps of ENG Deputy Director, logistics Millington TN, 38053

  • Millington
  • Tn
Mary Vielweber said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2019 at 2:29 AM

Sue & family, I am sorry about the loss of your dear friend. Sending you hugs and love.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Rick and Eva Nicodemus said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2019 at 3:21 PM

So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers for family and loved ones.

  • Munroe Falls
  • Ohio
Julio E. and Peggy Reyes said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2019 at 11:43 PM

There are no words to adequately express the sadness we felt on the news of Don's passing. He was a great friend and neighbor and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this most difficult time. Don, May You Rest In Peace With The Lord. Sincerely, Julio & Peggy

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Debbie Ables said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2019 at 9:09 PM

You will be greatly missed.

  • Mascoyah
  • Ill

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