Donald E. Grounds, age 87 of Allendale, IL passed from this life to the next on Monday, December 11, 2017 with his family at his side.
Don was born on April 18, 1930 to Joseph L. and Mary Violet (Saltsgaver) Grounds.
He married Rebecca “Beth” Wolfe on December 20, 1951 and they enjoyed over 51 years together, until Beth’s passing on May 1, 2003.
Don proudly served his country and was a Veteran of the Korean War. During his military service he was stationed in Alaska. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Allendale and the Allendale Masonic Lodge #752.
He worked in the oilfield most of his life and was Production Superintendent for Wayne Smith Operator and later for Smith Drilling, both of Lawrenceville, IL.
Don thoroughly enjoyed fishing, gardening and hunting and was an avid mushroom hunter.
His two granddaughters Alyssa and Taylor brought much joy to his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers: William, Joseph, Jr., Bobby and Jerry Grounds, and one sister, Kathryn Pierson.
Don is survived by his son, Randy (Ellen) Grounds of Allendale, IL, daughter, Becky (Ron) Smith of Evansville, IN and two granddaughters, Alyssa Grounds and Taylor Smith and brother Jack (Jill) of Allendale, IL. He is also survived by a special friend, Mary West of Allendale and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Donald E. Grounds will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 5PM to 7PM at Ingram Funeral Home in Allendale, with Masonic Rites at 7PM.
Funeral service will be held at 10AM on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the funeral home and burial will follow at the Allendale Cemetery, with full military rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the Allendale Masonic Lodge #752, with envelopes provided at the funeral home. Online condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.ingramfh.net
Ingram Funeral Home of Allendale is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.