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Donald R. Kailing

February 14, 1935 — May 17, 2023

Donald R. Kailing, 88 of Taylorville, Ill., passed away at 3:31 p.m. on May 17, 2023 at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, Ill. He was born on February 14, 1935 in Connellsville, Pa., to the late James Kailing and Mabel (Stewart) Kailing. He married Shirley A. Buckner on June 13, 1980 in Springfield, Ill., and she preceded him in death on March 19, 2013.

Donald was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a self-employed painter. He will be remembered for his loving nature towards animals and his love and passion for cars.

He is survived by his daughter: Patricia (Gustavo) Calvo of Bastrop, Texas; grandchildren: Ishmael Jones; Christy (Chris) Whitson; great-grandchildren: Trinity Whitson; Shawn Whitson; sister: Sue Franklin of Sposovania, Va.; and his nephew: Bruce Secord of Taylorville, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Mabel Kailing; his wife: Shirley Kailing; son: John Kailing; and his grandson: Jimmy John Jones.

Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Ill., with Pastor Russ Burch officiating.
Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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