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Donald W. Estes

December 10, 1945 December 25, 2018
Donald W. Estes
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Obituary for Donald W. Estes

Donald W. Estes, 73 of Mendota, formerly a 66 year resident of Aurora, passed away on December 25, 2018 in his home with his children by his side.
Don was born December 10, 1945 in Aurora to Carl L. and Emma L. (Eggert) Estes. Don had a typical 1950's childhood, having grown up on the west side of Aurora, Illinois, participating in Cub Scouts and Little League baseball. In his senior year of high school his family moved to the east side of Aurora where he graduated from East Aurora High School in 1964. That same year Don married Sarah Marzuki, and together they raised two wonderful children.
Don worked for Modern Foundations, a construction company owed by his Uncle Andy. Later he worked for Singer Sewing Company in downtown Aurora for many years. In retirement Don was a driver for CTX Company out of Detroit, Michigan.

An avid fisherman, he was a life-long member of the Lucky 50 Club in Montgomery, Illinois. A special joy for him was to take his grandson fishing for blue gill at the club.
Don is survived by his daughter: Lynette Walter of Jacksonville; his son: Kenneth Estes of Jacksonville; one grandson: Andrew Walter (fiancée Monica Smith) of Deville, Louisiana; one granddaughter: Caitlin Walter of Bronx, New York; his brother: Gary (Mary) Reinert of Beebe, Arkansas; and two nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and step-mother Anna Estes.
A memorial service will be at a later date as he has donated his body to science.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Illinois Foundation for Deaf Children at Illinois School for the Deaf.
The family is being assisted by Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota.

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