Obituary - Donald N. Choate

Vienna – Donald N. Choate, 67, passed away at 12:27 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, in Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah.

Don was born Sept. 22, 1942, in the Hight family homestead, in Johnson County Illinois. He was the son of Norman S. Choate and Myrtle Mae (Hight) Choate.

Don was united in marriage to Sandra (nee Funk) Dunn on Oct. 26, 1981, in Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church near Simpson. She survives.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by his mother, Myrtle Mae Choate of Vienna; five children, Chris Dunn of Vienna, Jim and Tracy Dunn of Vienna, Don Chaote, Jr. of Paducah, Aaron Choate of Paducah and Michele Murrie of Vienna; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Larry and Diane Choate of Grantsburg and Terry Choate of Vienna; three sisters, Karen Sue Choate of Anna, Nancy and Jackie Wright of St. Croix, Ind. and Mary Voss of Alto Pass; nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and many dear friends.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Norman Choate; an infant son, William Eric Choate; and a brother, Danny Lee Choate.

Don was a 1960 graduate of Vienna High School. He was employed as a construction laborer and later worked as a correctional officer at Stateville Correctional Center in Joiiet.

Don served as the supervisor of the Vienna City Water Plant until his retirement in April 2008.

He was a member of the Laborer's International Union Local 773 in Marion.

Don enjoyed fishing and camping. He was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with Dr. Ed Hollis officiating. Burial will be in Vienna Fraternal Cmetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

Memorials may be made to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Cancer Fund, PO Box 98, Vienna, IL 62995.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Feb. 21, 2010

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