Donald Lawson “Don” Danley, 80, of Greenville, died on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 1:20 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and he will be laid to rest at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield. Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting the family.
Mr. Danley was born Nov. 21, 1940, in Pierron, to James Luther and Ellie Eileen (Gipson) Danley. He married Mary Steinman. They had two children and later divorced. He then married Brenda Burrow, and they had four daughters. She survives.
He served in the U.S. Army. He had a lifelong professional career as an accident-free over-the-road truck driver. Driving over five million miles in his career, he made deliveries in all of the lower 48 states.
Mr. Danley and his son-in-law, Dale Rawson, shared their love of country music. His favorite country artist was the late great Ray Price. During the 1960s, he was a drummer in a local polka band, The Mellotones, and performed at many local weddings.
He will be greatly missed by his best friend Molly, his silver Poodle who brought him much comfort during his retirement years.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, Mr. Danley is survived by his children, Sheila (Dennis) Meier of Breese, Jim (Carrie) Sellers of Vandalia, Christina Danley of Escondido, CA, Lindsay Wooldridge, Ashley (Dale) Rawson, both of Collinsville, and Melissa Danley of Troy; eight grandchildren, Jamie, Emily and Dylan Meier of Breese, Kylie (Eddie) Sterling of Columbia, MO, and her mother, Shanon Wagner of Shobonier, Sarah Danley of Greenville, Eva Danley of Troy, and Lily and Landon Rawson of Collinsville; and siblings, Joyce (Butch) Poelker of Greenville, Ronald (Deb) Dicus, Virginia Barth, both of Highland, and Brenda (Steve) Wernle of Jamestown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister who died at birth; older brother, William Swain “Duke” Danley; former brother-in-law, Kenny Hagler; and former sister-in-law, Crystal Dicus.
Memorials may be directed to Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers, 2019 Johnson Rd., Granite City, IL 62040.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.houghfuneralhome.com.