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1930 Donald 2023

Donald G. Schmitt

January 18, 1930 — February 9, 2023



Donald G. Schmitt 93 of Lacon died on February 9, 2023 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born in Henry Illinois on January 18, 1930 to the late Walter and Mildred (Betts) Schmitt, he married Leadell Mott on September 27, 1952 in Peoria. Leadell died on December 31, 2014

Don was a meat cutter for many years in Lacon, Sparland, and Peoria area. He had his own meat shop in Sparland, Don’s Quality Meats, Selling top quality meats and processing deer for local hunters. Don also worked in the shipping department at Caterpillar for 27 years retiring in 1991.

Don was a New York Yankee baseball and Dallas Cowboys Football fan. A lifelong Democrat and was proud to have shaken the hand of two men who became presidents, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother uncle, cousin and friend to many and will be dearly missed.

Don is survived by his children Wally (Lana) Schmitt of Machesney Park Illinois, Anne (Tony) Ripp of Peoria Illinois, Jeff (Lisa) Schmitt of Lacon Illinois, Mary Kay Nichols of Malden Illinois; grandchildren Dacia (Rob) Keim, W.J. Schmitt, Amy Nichols, Katelyn (Tim) Schachtrup; great grandchildren Grace and Sophia Hart, Leadell and Russell Schmitt, Ellie and Nora Schachtrup, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, and one granddaughter.

Visitation for Don will be held Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 4 at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. Cremation rites will follow. And the graveside service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Lacon Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, whom the family thanks for their compassion and care.  Online condolences can be left at

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