Bernard W. “Ben” Donsbach, 86, of rural Effingham, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lillyville. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, Effingham, with military graveside rites. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, with a parish prayer service at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crossroads Cancer Center or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Ben was born Sept. 3, 1926, in Effingham, the son of Herbert and Elizabeth (Koester) Donsbach. He married Nellie C. Willenborg on Sept. 4, 1948, and she survives. Ben was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Green Creek, Effingham American Legion Post 120 and the Effingham VFW Post 1769. Ben also served with the United States Army during World War II. He began as a baker for Holsum Bakery, then worked in the Martin’s IGA Bakery, retired from World Color Press and had also been a part-time farmer.
Ben is survived by his wife, Nellie of rural Effingham; three sons, Dale (Kathy) of Effingham, Jerry (Susan) of Teutopolis, and Wayne (Carol) of Effingham; four daughters, Linda (Dennis) Pals of Mt. Zion, Janice (Paul) Semple of Effingham, Janet (Bill) Kocher of Effingham, and Denise (Jeff) Gallagher of Mode; half brother, Norb (Pat) Donsbach of St. John’s, Ind., and half sister, Phyllis Rice of Lawrenceville; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sharon; granddaughter, Stephanie; brother, Robert; and half brother, Luke Donsbach.
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