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Obituary – Donald G. Sefried

Donald G. Sefried, age 93, of Chillicothe, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2024 at The Arc in Chillicothe.

Don was born on October 26, 1930 in Chillicothe, IL to Clarence William and Margaret Loise (Reed) Sefried. He married Marjorie Ann Meinen on May 7, 1971.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Marjorie; his children, Richard (Julie) Sefried of Galesburg, IL, Ronald (Pat) Sefried of Pekin, IL; his stepdaughter, Julie (Lenore) Childs of Andover, MN; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepson, Gary Childs; brother, Clarence “Joe” Sefried, Jr; and his sisters, Mary Foster and Shirley Owens.

Don worked for Irions Quality Concrete Company for 33 years when he retired. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, the Illinois Valley 2 Cylinder Club, the Central Illinois Farm Heritage Club, Gathering of the Green, and the Peoria Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed farming, restoring antique tractors and driving them in parades with Marjorie, especially his John Deere tractors!

Services were held on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11am at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Visitation was held on Monday, April 29, 2024 from 4pm to 6pm as well as one hour prior to the service on Monday, all at the funeral home. Rev. John Hopwood officiated. Burial followed at Blue Ridge Cemetery in Edelstein. Memorials in Don’s name may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, the Blue Ridge Cemetery Association or the Bradley University John I. Meinen Athletic Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be made through