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Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, and a Loyal Order of Moose Service of Tribute will immediately follow
Visitation: 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023, at the funeral home
Interment: Elmwood Cemetery, Flora
Don I. Durre, age 87, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2023, at Flora Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
He was born July 27, 1935, in rural Mason, the son of Walter E. and Freda O. (Wilson) Durre. He was first married to Marie Bernardine Wells on January 1, 1956, in Clay City, and born to Bernardine and Don's union were Don I. Jr., Allen, and Terry. Marie passed away April 13, 1963. Don later married Lora Darlene Welty on June 12, 1965, in Flora. Born to Darlene and Don were Cindy and Dallas. Darlene passed away November 15, 1975. Don was also united in marriage on June 11, 1988, in Kentucky to Margie M. Busby, who preceded him in passing January 26, 2001.
Don had owned and operated the Flora Montgomery Ward store in the past. He had driven a bread truck and worked in road construction as a member of Teamsters Local 50 in Belleville. He worked in the oil fields for familiar names like Sledge, Sulsberger, and Jim Spears, and he later worked for John Zink Enterprises as a maintenance and construction foreman. Don was a dedicated member of the Loyal Order of Moose through Flora Moose Lodge 1384, and was the first local member to earn the Pilgrim Degree of Merit. Additionally, he held every office in the District and was both the Administrator and Secretary for several terms. He was a past member of the Elks, Eagles, Sons of American Legion, Odd Fellows, and the Lions Club. Don loved dancing and had traveled to a variety of spots in southern and central Illinois for dances. His family and friends fondly remember the original words and phrases best known as Don’s “Durre-isms,” and they may even pass some of them along to future generations. He also enjoyed woodworking and fishing. Don was a baptized member of the First Christian Church of Flora.
Don is survived by his longtime companion: Wilberta Gregory of Centralia; his children: Don I. Durre Jr. and wife Purita of Louisville, Allen R. Durre of Fairfield, Terry L. Durre and wife Janet of Evansville, Cindy Leib and husband Phil of Flora, and Dallas A. Durre and wife Heather of Flora; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a niece: Diana Deatherage of Pensacola, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 wives; brother: Gerald Durre; 2 infant siblings; sister-in-law: Pansey Durre; and 4 nephews: Mike, David, John, and Doug Durre.
A funeral ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Loren Holloway officiating. A Loyal Order of Moose Service of Tribute will immediately follow. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Mooseheart and Moosehaven, and these will be accepted at the funeral home. To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com
So sorry for the loss of Don he was a great man and very kind prayers for all
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Prayers for the entire family.
Don, Allen,Terry,Cindy and Dallas so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad you are all in my Thoughts and prayers. I remember all the fun times we had when you lived on Flora Ave. Your dad will be missed.
Don was a very kind, giving person. Prayers for comfort to all that loved and cared for him. Grieve him, he is definitely worth missing and grieving. God bless you all.
Sorry for your loss. Don was a great man. Loved and cared for all his children. I remembered Don teaching me the 2 step and the polka. Oh how he loved to dance. RIP Don!
Cindy, Dallas and Families: We are sorry for the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Dons’s passing. He was a kind soft-spoken man. Prayers for all his family.
My heart and love go to the family. May you rest in peace Don.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Durre family through their time of loss.
So sorry for your loss
Always a kind, helpful neighbor and friend. Just won't be the same without his wave at us as he drove by daily to catch up with the community at lunch. RIP Don. Our hearts are with your family.
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We will be praying for your entire families as you go through these times of loss and sorrow. ❤️
We are very sorry to hear about Don's passing!!! Prayers for you all!!!
Allen,Terry,Cindy and Dallas so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad… i didnt know him but I did know all of you at different points in life. May his soul rest in peace and may you all be consoled by good memories, family and friends. God bless you all in times of grief especially.
I am so thankful for the time we got to spend with Don while he stayed at our facility. He sure kept us on our toes, and always brought us tons of smiles and lots of giggles. Just the funniest, sweetest man. Rest easy, Don. We sure miss you. So sorry for the family loss.
So sorry to hear of Don's passing, we sure enjoyed Don when he worked for us and it quickly became a wonderful friendship. My prayers are with the family.
Don, Jr, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad.
Went to school with Don, knew his parents and brother. Remember our family going to the Durre's to listen to FDR's "Fireside Chat" on the radio during WW2. Don and my brother were good friends as children. My brother died in 1968, Sorry for your family's loss.
Don Jr and family So very sorry for your loss.
I remember him from the Flora Moose Lodge when my late husband and I were members there. Super nice guy, smart, helpful, insightful and sincere man! Definately a man of his word! He rasied some pretty good kids too!... sympathies and prayers to the family... he will be remembered with a smile...
We send our deepest sympathy on your loss of an incredible man in Don. Thank you for sharing his life with the Moose Fraternity all these years. His wisdom, generous heart and spirit of service blessed so many, including the children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Thinking of you! Sorry for your loss!
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