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Donald “Ed” Durbin


February 5, 1941 — August 8, 2021 Donald “Ed” Durbin, 80, of Taylorville, passed away at 3:02 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Ed was born February 5, 1941 in Palmer, the son of Donald M. and Lela Geraldine (Nance) Durbin. He graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1959, and worked for Alma Plastics as a supervisor for 16 years. Ed then went to work as a maintenance man for Anderson Rental Properties for over 20 years. He married Rosalie Dean, and they later divorced. Ed then married Louella Enlow on March 24, 2010 in Taylorville, and they have enjoyed over ten years of marriage. He was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.

Ed was hard-headed, but had a heart of gold, and he would do anything to help family and friends. He was a world champion storyteller, and his “short stories” were never short. Ed had a story that pertained to everything. He was a “Jack of all trades, master of none,” but he could fix anything. Ed was always tinkering with something, and that is what he enjoyed most.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Marion “Kelly” Hazel; and sisters, Josephine Durbin and Clara Spain.

Ed is survived by his wife, Louella Durbin of Taylorville; daughter, Anita (Jody) Baldwin of Mt. Pulaski; granddaughter, Victoria Durbin; great grandchildren, Keytora, Rickey, and Arya; step-children, Darlena (Steve) Krueger of Santan Valley, Ariz., Wendy (Jamie) Marsaglia of Taylorville, Ronda (Randy) Duncan of Taylorville, Gary (Dawn) Welch of Taylorville, Harold Brown of Taylorville, Faron Brown, Sr. of Taylorville, and Jeff Brown of McLeansboro; several step-grandchildren; siblings, Larry Durbin, Beverly Dial, and Judy (Bob) Graven, all of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz officiating.

Interment will follow the ceremony at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, Ill. 62568.

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  1. Tom and Rita Reber on August 21, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Tom and I are so sorry to hear that Ed has passed away. Ed was always fun to be around ~ we were always laughing at his jokes and funny expressions. I remember that Ed and my brother Jim had a garbage truck and a garbage removal service. Their motto was “Satisfaction guaranteed or double your garbage back”. Ed and Jim had lots of fun together. I want you to know that we are so sorry for your loss and you are all in our prayers.

  2. Jim Wells on August 21, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    I’m so sad my friend that God has taken you but I’ll see you again one day in heaven and we can talk about old times.

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