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Donald Askeland

Posted: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

SYCAMORE — Donald O. Askeland, 78, of Sycamore, died Friday, May 17, 2013 at Bethany Health Care and Rehab Center in DeKalb.

He was born Aug. 18, 1934 in Creston,  the son of Arthur and Myrtle (Hill) Askeland. 

Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army, enlisted in June of 1960 and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  He was honorably discharged a private on standby in May of 1966. He loved spending time with his family, while enjoying hunting, fishing and bird watching in his spare time.

He began his working career as a mechanical technician at various car dealerships including Brad Manning Ford. Don later worked for Duplex in Sycamore as an experimental machinist in R&D, Engineering Supervisor, and head of Corporate Stores. He retired from NIU after working seven years in their building services department.

Survivors include three daughters, Suzanne (David) Alvin of Glen Ellyn, Angela (Jimmy) Brooks of Springfield, Mo., and Sandra (Mike) Woodson of DeKalb; five grandchildren, Michael (Kelly) Carbone, Melissa (Carl) Alvin McCorkle, Jonathan (Sarah Tiesenga) Alvin, Riley Woodson and Tristan Brooks; and four great-grandchildren, Sid, Samantha, Makenzie and Michael Carbone, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert; and one brother, Richard.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore.  A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with Rev. Michael Massey officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the DeKalb County Hospice or Opportunity House in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.

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