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Donald Retherford

May 26, 1942 - May 9, 2024

Donald Retherford Obituary

On May 9, 2024 Donald Edward Retherford left this world from his daughter and son-in-law’s home in California, Maryland. He was born May 26, 1942 in Carrollton, Illinois to Francis Jacob Retherford and Clover Pauline Dierking. Don was a retired Mailman, truck driver, and served in the United States Navy from 1960-1969. He is preceded in death by his Mother, Father, brother Dale, half siblings Joy Ellen and Gary (their mother Louise), Grandparents Charles (Hoot) and Lela Elizabeth, and Pearl Dierking Paige. Don is survived by a daughter Teresa Cornelius (husband Mark), a son Donald Jr, and their mother Mary Kay Schnelten Dunham, and a step daughter Ann Szychowicz and her mother Elizabeth Novak. Also surviving are two grandsons Keith (wife Brandie) and Daniel Cornelius, 13 Fry siblings born to Don and Dale’s mother and multitudes of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Don never met a stranger and was on the road since he was 5 years old, pulling his wagon around Carrollton, Illinois delivering ice to his neighbors. He continued working as a bag boy, a pinsetter, and a projector operator at the movie theater until he entered the Navy upon graduating Carrollton high school in 1960. He played all sports growing up and played volley ball and softball in the Navy. He also coached little league and was an avid bowler for many years. Along with spending time as a Piasa Player in Alton’s little theater, he loved buying rounds for “buzzards and beauties” and dropping quarters in the jukebox to hear his favorite country songs. He was a fun-loving joker, and witty with words making us laugh almost until the very end. He was always waiting on that call from Hollywood, and in those final days in the front room on Victorian Drive, he asked “is this a Hollywood movie?”


Well Dad, you done good. You helped anyone who needed help. And always, you knew how to make a kid feel loved. As Don would always say, Sing it, Willie.


Per his request, he will be cremated and no services have been scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to either:


Medstar Hospice of St. Mary’s 

44724 Hospices Ln. 

Callaway, MD 20620 


ACTS

P.O. Box 54

Bushwood, MD 20618



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Donald Retherford hosted by Airsman-Hires Funeral Home.

On May 9, 2024 Donald Edward Retherford left this world from his daughter and son-in-law’s home in California, Maryland. He was born May 26, 1942 in Carrollton, Illinois to Francis Jacob Retherford and Clover Pauline Dierking. Don was a retired Mailman, truck driver, and served in the United States Navy from 1960-1969. He is preceded in death by his Mother, Father, brother Dale, half siblings Joy Ellen and Gary (their mother Louise), Grandparents Charles (Hoot) and Lela Elizabeth, and Pearl Dierking Paige. Don is survived by a daughter Teresa Cornelius (husband Mark), a son Donald Jr, and their mother Mary Kay Schnelten Dunham, and a step daughter Ann Szychowicz and her mother Elizabeth Novak. Also surviving are two grandsons Keith (wife Brandie) and Daniel Cornelius, 13 Fry siblings born to Don and Dale’s mother and multitudes of nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Don never met a stranger and was on the road since he was 5 years old, pulling his wagon around Carrollton, Illinois delivering ice to his neighbors. He continued working as a bag boy, a pinsetter, and a projector operator at the movie theater until he entered the Navy upon graduating Carrollton high school in 1960. He played all sports growing up and played volley ball and softball in the Navy. He also coached little league and was an avid bowler for many years. Along with spending time as a Piasa Player in Alton’s little theater, he loved buying rounds for “buzzards and beauties” and dropping quarters in the jukebox to hear his favorite country songs. He was a fun-loving joker, and witty with words making us laugh almost until the very end. He was always waiting on that call from Hollywood, and in those final days in the front room on Victorian Drive, he asked “is this a Hollywood movie?”


Well Dad, you done good. You helped anyone who needed help. And always, you knew how to make a kid feel loved. As Don would always say, Sing it, Willie.


Per his request, he will be cremated and no services have been scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to either:


Medstar Hospice of St. Mary’s 

44724 Hospices Ln. 

Callaway, MD 20620 


ACTS

P.O. Box 54

Bushwood, MD 20618



To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Donald Retherford hosted by Airsman-Hires Funeral Home.

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