Donald P. Theilken, 89


Donald Paul Theilken, 89, of Springfield, formerly of Chatham, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A private inurnment will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at a later date. 

Mr. Theilken was born July 15, 1929, in Springfield, the son of Paul F. and Clara (Martens) Theilken. He married V. Joyce DeSilva on April 25, 1953, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Springfield, and she survives.

A 1947 graduate of Springfield High School, he retired from the United States Postal Service in 1984, after 35 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the American Postal Workers Union and the Rocky Ford Park in Coffeen. He served as an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 202 at Little Flower Catholic Church in Springfield for several years. He also served as a zoning trustee for the village of South View.

He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and bass fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Mary T. (husband Jim) Monahan; three sons, Thomas P. (wife Mary) Theilken, David W. (wife Sandy) Theilken and James A. (wife Lori) Theilken, all of Springfield; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Winifred C. Jenkins; and one brother, Charles Theilken.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home, 1707 N. 12th Street, Quincy, IL 62301; Alzheimer's Association, 2309 W. White Oaks Drive, Suite E., Springfield, IL 62704; or Boy Scout Troop 202, c/o Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703.

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