Don Hood, 72, of Decatur, IL renewed eternally on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2:48 A.M. with his children by his side.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Antioch Christian Church 5409 E, US Route 36 in Decatur, IL. Pastor Steve DeVore will officiate. Burial with military will be in the North Fork Cemetery in Decatur, IL. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Don was born on April 13, 1949 in Decatur, IL. He was a son of Walter Leslie and Viola M. (McGuire) Hood. He married Lynette Lee Sy on May 11, 1973 in Mt. Zion, IL. She has been waiting on Don in Heaven since September 17, 2020.
He is survived by four children, Kelli Kerr and her husband Doug of Bethany, IL, Kristi Rigg and her husband Todd of Mt. Zion, IL, Erin Wright and her husband Chris of Gulf Shores, AL and TJ Hood of Mt. Zion, IL, ten grandchildren, Brittany Hogan and her husband Aaron of Mt. Zion, IL, Courtany Beiler and her husband Matthew “Bubba” of Mt. Zion, IL, Ava and Anna Rigg of Mt. Zion, IL, Harrison, Liam and Lennox Wright of Gulf Shores, AL, and JuleeAnn, Zaydon and Zella Hood of Mt. Zion, IL, six great-grandchildren, Jameson and Emmy Lou Hogan and Izzy, John Jay, Beau and Rhett Beiler, three siblings, Sharon Taylor and her husband Brad of Argenta, IL, Pamela Johnson and her husband Stephen of Decatur, IL and Robert Hood and his wife Penny of Decatur, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Don was a Veteran of the Army National Guard.
He was a member of the UAW-Union, Antioch Christian Church in Decatur, IL and the American Legion Post 92 in Macon, IL.
Don retired at the age of 54, from Caterpillar, in 2004 with 35 years of service.
Don loved his family, he absolutely loved being “Papa”. Nothing was more important than his family and his faith. His hobbies included studying the word of God, leading a Torah Group, and bible studies for men. He also volunteered at Corman Park. Don had been a St. Louis Cardinal’s fan since he was 10 years old, and he was an Illini basketball fan. Don was involved in his children’s athletics, helping coach his son in baseball and attending his daughter’s events.
Don did a lot of shepherding which stemmed from his genuine caring towards God’s people. He was a quiet leader and was here to serve Jesus by serving God’s people.
Dad, we will raise our children and grandchildren to know God and we will see you and mom again. As mom would say… “You done good Hood!”
Memorials may be made to the Antioch Christian Church and GT Church in Decatur, IL.