Donald W. Besler<p> Donald W. Besler, 74, of East Peoria, passed away at 4:45 am Saturday, September 5, 2020 at his home with his family by his side.</p> <p> He was born October 4, 1945 in Chicago, IL to the late Richard and Francis Weibel Besler.</p> <p> He married Geraldine Harris in Villa Park, IL on June 4, 1966. She survives.</p> <p> Also surviving are two sons, Don and Gary Besler; two grandchildren, Rachael and Quinn Besler; sister-in-law, Carol Besler; several nieces and nephews; and his four legged companion, Barney. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dora Mae; and brother, Richard.</p> <p> Donald was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his military service he was a successful entrepreneur who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.</p> <p> Cremation rites have been accorded. Family will receive friends from 4 to 6pm Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington with social distancing and face coverings. </p> <p> In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Historic Springdale Cemetery in Peoria, where he and his wife enjoyed taking long walks.</p>
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