Joseph Davinroy Sr.

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Joseph J. Davinroy, Sr., 88, of Smithton, IL, born March 14, 1933, in East St. Louis, IL, died Friday, January 21, 2022, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Joe graduated from Central Catholic High School, East St. Louis, IL. He was a veteran of the Korean War in the U.S. Army and installed communication lines. Joe was the owner of A.S. Davinroy P & H Inc. He belonged to Plumbers Local 360. Joe was past president (1981) Illinois State P & H Contractors. He was a lifetime member of the Great Southwestern P & H Contractors Association. Joe was a founding member of Camp Ondessonk, installing all of the original plumbing and served on the Board of Directors for many years. Joe was a founder and president of the FSH (Freeburg Smithton Hecker) Water Commission.

During his 26 years of retirement, he enjoyed his family farm and raising dahlias, leading him to belong to the Greater St. Louis Dahlia Society. He also enjoyed making stained glass windows, lamps, and Christmas gifts for many, along with homemade cookies and candy. Another hobby included using brass from his plumbing business to make sculptures. Joe loved to spend his summers going to picnics and playing bingo. He also spent many years with The Old NewsBoys. Joe also spent weekends peddling glass cleaner at the Flea Market in Belleville. He was a member of the Smithton Senior Center and enjoyed Monday Night Meals with playing cards and fellowship after the dinner. Joe also met a long-time group of friends each Wednesday for breakfast and companionship.

One of Joe’s many pleasures was traveling the states (especially New Orleans to visit family) and abroad. This led him to serve on the Board of Directors for Golden Frontier. He also served on the Board of Directors for San Damiano Retreat Center in Golconda, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Verena, nee Zollinger, Davinroy; his former wife, Patricia Davinroy; a brother, Albert J. Davinroy; and two sisters, Teresa Wuerz and Mary C. Walsh.

Surviving are his children, Elaine Davinroy of AZ, Ann (Christopher) Lintzenich of Baldwin, IL, Joe Davinroy, Jr. of Evergreen, CO, and John (Debbie) Davinroy of Smithton, IL;
seven grandchildren, Phillip (Kathryn) Lintzenich, Jacqueline (Adam) Forsyth, Michael and Alexa Davinroy, and Nick, Chris and Maddie Jones;
and long-time companion, Jenene Biggerstaff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Joe to Camp Ondessonk Campership Fund, 3760 Ondessonk Road, Ozark, IL 62972, or to St. Stanislaus Polish Heritage Center, 1413 N. 20th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106 Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 27, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 28, 2022, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1413 North 20th Street, St. Louis, MO, with Fr. Marek Bozek officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.


11 Comments on Joseph Davinroy Sr.

Charles Ward said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2022 at 8:33 AM

I never met Mr. Davinroy but want to acknowledge his wonderful volunteer work and service at Camp Ondessonk. Because of him, I experienced the happiest days of my childhood there. My sincere condolences to the Davinroy family.

  • Newberry
  • South Carolina
Gloria Niebruegge said : Guest Report Jan 27, 2022 at 11:34 AM

Ann, Joe, John and Elaine. You have my sympathy for the death of your Dad.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Jim & Sharon Eisele said : Guest Report Jan 26, 2022 at 6:25 PM

Joe was always fun. Was a good friend of my Mom and Dad. Just remember him being around get togethers and always had a story.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Tom Walsh said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Uncle Joe was a fun guy to be around. He always had a joke to tell, and he laughed often. H truly enjoyed life. He will be missed. God rest his soul.

  • Monroe
  • NJ
Suzanne Santos said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2022 at 11:25 AM

One of my mom's (Philomene Davinroy) favorite nephews.. Rest in peace cousin...

  • Belleville
Karen Fernandez Salvador said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2022 at 9:05 AM

Uncle Joe was funny and accomplished. He will be remembered

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Michael Bergmire said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2022 at 6:59 AM

I share many good memories with the Davinroy family that go back to French Village. Joe helped fill in the gaps in my memory when we crossed paths. May our memories of his full life provide us with solace.

  • Ballwin
  • MO
Cindy Davinroy Johnson said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2022 at 7:44 PM

My deepest sympathies. Fond memories of Joe when we lived in French Village. Praying for all of you.

  • St. Charles
  • MO
David Mitchell said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2022 at 8:09 AM

Ann, Joe, John and family, sorry to hear about your father's passing. Hope everyone is doing okay during this trying time.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Amy Walton said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2022 at 7:56 AM

To Ann, Joe, John, and Elaine my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father.

  • Fayetteville
  • Illinois
Karla J Lippert said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2022 at 3:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. My your memories bring you comfort and peace.. God Bless All Of You.

  • Smithton
  • IL

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