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Donald Leo Schmillen

March 20, 1932 ~ June 19, 2021 (age 89)


Donald Leo Schmillen, 89, of Toluca, passed away at 3:16 AM Saturday June 19, 2021 at OSF St. James John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

He was born March 20, 1932, a son of William F. and Rose M. (Ehrnthaller) Schmillen.  He married Gladys M. Wudtke on September 12, 1959 at St. Ann’s Rectory in Toluca.

Donald was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Toluca where his Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 26, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 until time of service 11:00 AM at the church Saturday.  Inurnment will be at St. Ann Cemetery following the mass. 

Don farmed with is father and brother, and then worked at LTV Steel in Hennepin for 26 years until he retired.  He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, from December 1952 to December 1954.  He was deployed to, and served at the 38th parallel.  Don was proud to have served his country in the Army.

Don was a member a member of the American Legion, Post #440 in Toluca since 1952.  He was also a member of the Wenona American Legion for 33 years, when he lived in Wenona.  He was a member of the Veteran’s of Foreign War, a Lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Toluca council 4007 and a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys; three children, Anthony (Susan) Schmillen of Sherman; Valerie (Gary) Conrady of Lincoln; Steven (Amanda) Schmillen of Ottawa; a son-in-law, Jeff Schertz of Chatham; ten grandchildren, Dominic (Burlie) Schmillen, Augustus (Hanna) Schmillen, Jesse (Sarah) Schmillen, Sawyer Conrady, Schyler (Jeff) Wilson, Sage Conrady, Emily (Jeff) Elliott, Jacob Schertz, Anna (Andy) Carrigan, and Hayden Schmillen; five great grandchildren,  Sampson and Maverick Schmillen, Tristan and Damon Schmillen, and Mason Schmillen; and two great granddaughters due in July, Noa and Maisie Wilson.

Also surviving are a brother, Gaylord (Marcia) Schmillen of Toluca; Sister, Dolores Tapay of Los Gatos, CA; a sister-in-law, JoAnn Schmillen of Toluca; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lora (Schmillen) Schertz; four brothers, Francis, William, Eugene, and Thomas; and two sisters, Eileen (Schmillen) Lowrance and Colette (Schmillen) Rogers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Eastern Marshall County EMS, the Toluca Fire Department, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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June 26, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Ann Catholic Church (Toluca)

Memorial Service
June 26, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Ann Catholic Church (Toluca)


St. Ann's Cemetery
Route 117
Toluca, IL 61369

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