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1922 Donald 2017

Donald Goveia

December 25, 1922 — September 6, 2017

Donald K. Goveia, 94, of Peoria, formerly of Decatur, passed away at 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at his residence.
Funeral services will be private. Inurnment will be at Graceland Cemetery in Decatur.
Donald was born on December 25, 1922 in Jacksonville, a son of Elmer and Margaret (Hennessey) Goveia. He married D. Lorraine Cutler on June 29, 1946 in Decatur. She preceded him in death on November 16, 2014 in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill, Ross and Clarence Goveia; and sister, Bernice.
He is survived by his daughter, Janet Newton of Peoria; grandchildren, Ria Joseph of Palatine, Ross (Amanda) Masching of Leander, TX, Katrin Sanders of Princeton and Jessica (Dusty) Gilges of Bradford; and seven great grandchildren.
Donald served in the US Navy from 1941-1946, as a motor machinist Mate First Class on a PT boat in the South Pacific. He retired in 1988 from Wagner Castings Co., after forty-seven years. He retired as a Manager of Quality Assurance. He was a life member at the Masonic Temple in Sullivan. He was a member of the Moose Club, Elks Club, American Society of Quality Control, American Foundry Society and the American Society of Metals.
After his retirement, he spent his time at Lake Shelbyville, near Sullivan, where he enjoyed fishing, golfing and ballroom dancing. He moved to Peoria in 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South Side Mission in Peoria.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.

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