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Donald I. Bouxsein

December 31, 1935 ~ December 4, 2019 (age 83)


Donald I. Bouxsein, 83, of rural Granville passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, surrounded by family at his residence.

Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Dysart – Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville.  Deacon John Murphy will officiate.  Burial will be in the Granville Cemetery with full military honors.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Dysart – Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville.

Don was born on December 31, 1935 in Spring Valley to Ira and Clallia (Passini) Bouxsein.  He married Marcella Mills on June 27, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DePue.  He and Marcella recently celebrated 60 beautiful years together.

He graduated from Hopkins High School, then served in the United States Army where he was stationed in Esslingen, Germany. Upon his return from the Army, he worked with his father hauling bulk milk with Ira Bouxsein and Son Trucking.  Don served the residents of Putnam County for 20 years with the Sheriff’s Department and retired as Chief Deputy in 1998. 

He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed venturing with his family in single engine aircrafts out of the Princeton Airport.

Don was a longtime supporter of organizations such as the ASPCA and the Republican Party.  He was a lifetime member of the Immanuel Lutheran County Line Church in Peru.  He was an avid reader.  His love of reading was shared with his family and he acquired quite an elaborate library of books that he would happily share. For many years, Don enjoyed morning coffee with his children before their work day began. Each night before morning coffee, he even packed a lunch or two to send on their way.  Good conversations took place at that table!

Known for his insatiable desire for jokes, fun, and family, he leaves behind an undeniable imprint on the lives of those that knew him.  For his children, he provided an example of endless patience, wisdom and quality time and unconditional love.    

Survivors include his wife, Marcella Bouxsein of Granville; three children, Jill (Phil Pistorius) Ketter of Peoria, Jon (Barb) Bouxsein of Hennepin and Jennifer (John) Pembleton of Princeton; nine grandchildren, Gina (Louie) Parnell, Elyse Ketter, Tyler (Katie) Ketter, Jessie (the late Jacob) Bouxsein, Nicholas Bouxsein, Nicole Bouxsein, Katy Bouxsein , Victoria Pembleton and  Hailee Pembleton; four great-grandchildren, Ethan Parnell, Wyatt Parnell, Bodi Ketter and Ila Mae Bouxsein.  Don also leaves behind his beloved and loyal dog “Jennie” who never left his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Clallia, his son, Jeffrey Lee Bouxsein and grandson, Jacob Ira Bouxsein. 

Contributions may be made to donor’s choice.

Pallbearers will be Jon Bouxsein, John Pembleton, Phil Pistorius, Tyler Ketter, Bob Passini, Adam Passini and Jerimey Bouxsein.  Honorary pallbearer will be Nicholas Bouxsein, who is currently serving in Japan with the USMC and Jimmy Bouxsein.

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December 8, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dysart - Cofoid Funeral Chapel
208 S. McCoy St.
Granville, IL 61326

Funeral Service
December 9, 2019

10:00 AM
Dysart - Cofoid Funeral Chapel
208 S. McCoy St.
Granville, IL 61326

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