Donald I. Tate, 87, of Bluford, died 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Lavender Ridge Memory Care in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Oct. 2, 1925, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Mae N. Tate. He married Voila Kruspe on Aug. 11, 1951, in Chicago, and she preceded him in death on June 10, 1997.
Donald was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific Theater of Operations from Oct. 5, 1942, until November 1946. He later worked as a truck driver for many years, 22 of those driving for Sears. He enjoyed playing harmonica and guitar and was a member of East Hickory Hill Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughers, Linda Cornwell and husband Richard of Bluford and Laura Tate of Bluford; son, Daniel Tate of Melbourne, Ky.; two grandchildren, Samantha Tate and Trish Merill; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother; his wife; four stepbrothers; and two stepsisters.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Gale Breeze officiating. Interment will be at Old Shiloh Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 24203348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.