OHIO, Ill. — Donald Lee Edyburn Sr., 78, of Ohio, Ill., passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Zephyrhills, Fla. He was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Chicago to Harold and Ethyl Daisy Threet Edyburn.
He grew up in Maywood, Ill. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1960 with the rank of A/1C. He then joined the University of Illinois police force in 1962 and retired in 1987. Don also worked part-time at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park in security for 20-plus years. After retirement he went to work part-time downtown Chicago at the Dirksen Federal Building as a federal marshal for a few more years.
Donald was a life member of BenHur Lodge 818 AF&AM of Illinois; past commander of American Legion Post 133 Maywood; member of Zephyrhills, Fla., American Legion Post 118, reaching 50 years of membership in 2013; member of Elks Lodge 2731 of Zephyrhills, Fla.; FOP Lodge 10 of Illinois; 28-year member of LaGrange Chapter 201 O.E.S.; and a life member of the Illinois Police Association.
He is survived by his wonderful and loving wife, Barbara Ruth (nee Schmuck) of Chicago; his sons, Dave (Pam) Edyburn, Donald Jr. and James; his daughters, Linda Kanter, Cynthia (Glen) Martin and Lizabeth (James) Lowe; his grandchildren, Keith and Kelly Edyburn, Brandon and Jason Edyburn, Ashley and Sara Kanter, and Shawn (Richard) Mangers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by his father, Harold, and his mother, Daisy, and his brothers, Wilber and Harold.
His remains will be cremated and interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Donald's name. Checks may be made to his wife "Barbara Edyburn" and mailed in care of Sun Trust Bank, 7344 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, FL 33541. Donations will be sent to various charities in memory of Don.
Don was a gentle and loving man and will be missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service/celebration of his life will be held in Illinois at a later date.