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Donald Ray Barr

November 5, 2023
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Donald Ray Barr 73 years old of Funkhouser near Effingham, Illinois went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ peacefully on early Sunday morning November 5, 2023, at 3:00 AM at the Lakeland Rehabilitation Center, Effingham, Illinois after a few years of a lingering illness.

A visitation will be held on Thursday November 9, 2023, for family and friends from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Kull Funeral Home, Altamont, Illinois. The VFW Post #7676 and the US Army Military Funeral Honors will provide Christian burial rites at the Arborcrest Memorial Park following the visitation.

Donald Ray Barr was born into the Christian family of Charles “Virgil” and Anna (Knierim) Barr on June 27, 1950, at the St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham, Illinois. He was baptized and confirmed his faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham. He furthered his education at Effingham High School.

He proudly served his country by serving in the US Army with induction on September 3, 1969. He served with the 1st US Army Infantry as 11 Bravo SP4 serving in the Vietnam campaign from February 4th to October 15th, 1970, Don received a Purple Heart as severely wounded in action. Don received his honorable discharge on May 7, 1971.

After his rehabilitation, Don was employed as a heavy equipment operator, mechanic and an over the road truck driver. Don operated D & N Hobbies of Effingham for several years fulfilling his passion for miniature trains, automobiles, tractors, and the restoration of tractors.

Don was a member of the VFW Post #7676, Altamont where he served as commander 1983-1984.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Barr of Newton, Illinois.

3-Sons: Jimmy Ray (wife, Alesia) Barr of Effingham

Adam (wife, Bobijo) Barr of St. Elmo, Illinois

Dustin Hill of Thomasville, Illinois

1-Daughter: Amanda Stout of Vandalia, Illinois

3-Brothers: David, Allen, and Charlie Barr

2-Sisters: Linda Barr of Lenoir, Tennessee

Debbie Barr of Effingham, Illinois

1-Brother-in-law: Levi Boggs of Effingham, Illinois

9-Grandchildren: Samantha (Rusty) Rhodes of Altamont, Jordane Barr of Bible Grove, Jimmy Ray Barr Jr. of Effingham, Jasmine (Stephen) Long , Donald (DJ) Barr, Michael Barr, Gaige Barr, McKinley Barr and Audrey (Byers) Waldo.

4-Great Grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Carsen, Callie and Jaxon

Don is preceded by his parents and sister Rose Boggs

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1:00 PM 11/9/2023 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 11/9/2023 3:00:00 PM
Kull Funeral Home Altamont

114 West Washington Ave.
Altamont, IL 62411

Kull Funeral Home Altamont
114 West Washington Ave. Altamont 62411 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Arborcrest Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Route 40
Funkhouser, IL 62401

Route 40 Funkhouser 62401 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

VFW Post #7676

Altamont, IL

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