|Donald E. Baugh|
|April 25, 1918 - July 28, 2010|
|Rock Island, IL, formerly of Milan and Joy|
|Visitation: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island|
|Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, IL|
|Donald (Mike) Ernest Baugh, 92,of Rock Island, formerly of Milan and Joy, died peacefully July 28, 2010 at St. Anthony’s Continuing Care In Rock Island. |
Services are 2 p.m., Saturday, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Burial will be at Peniel Cemetery in rural Joy. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, also at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s activities fund.
Donald was born to Ernest (Mike) Baugh and Hilma Johnson Baugh in Joy, Illinois on April 25, 1918. He married Wilabelle Jean Gridley on December 15, 1950 in Aledo. She preceded him in death on October 5, 1963.
Don attended school in Joy. He farmed with his father and uncle until he took a job as a mechanic at Thede’s in Aledo. Don was always interested in engines. He started working on cars at the age of 12 and driving at 14. In the early 60s he was hired by John Deere and worked for them until his retirement in 1983. Don enjoyed playing computer solitaire, working on engines, watching tv and visiting with his friends at St. Anthony's.
His daughters were his greatest joy in life and they adored him. He was a strong, honest, fair-minded, loving man and a wonderful father. Those who knew him will remember his great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his daughters and sons in law, Patricia Baugh-Riechers and Charles Riechers, East Moline and Tamara Baugh and Mark Swessinger, Rock Island; niece, Clydean Hendley, Bettendorf, and her family, Daren, Laurie and Nicholas Hendley, Blue Grass, and Ashley Hendley, Bettendorf; Sisters in law, Julia (Raymond) Douglas, East Moline, and Jeanette Neid, Galesburg; and Brother in law, Aldus Gridley, Rock Island. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Inez, Audrey and Virgie; a special friend, Violet Bahringer and a brother in law, Carlyle Gridley.
Rest in peace, Dad. Enjoy walking through the fields with Mommy. We will always love you. Patty and Tammy
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your father. I wish you all peace and much strenghth at this difficult time.
-- Lynn Turnbull
To: Tammy & Patty and Family:
I was saddend to hear of the passing of your father Don. I liked him, and thought him to be a great guy. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you. May God Bless, Comfort, and in time Heal your hearts. Just know that he is in a better place feeling no pain or misery. And I know that he's with you mother. GOD BLESS! Linda & D.J. Welch
-- Linda Welch
Don was always the gentle guy on the Baugh &Johnson Farm. I spent many of my summers on the farm while growing up. Don taught me how to fish and drive a tractor and just how to recognize a really nice guy.
-- DuWayne Pople
Patty and Tammy, Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. It's truly a great gift to have a wonderful father. You will always have good memories. My prayers are with you at this difficult time. Diana Allen
-- Diana (Michael) Allen
To Don's family: I volunteered at Saint Anthony's several years ago and enjoyed meeting and talking with Don so much. His great sense of humor and wonderful smile brightened the day for so many. Together we worked on getting him independent in computer solitaire. He spoke so lovingly of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate his life. He was a fine man.