Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 9, 2014

Family of the Year

TEUTOPOLIS — Teutopolis Knights of Columbus member Don Deters wasn’t busy Friday touting his role as grand marshal in the organization’s parade or his family’s recent statewide recognition. Instead, he was busy taking phone calls in preparation for the organization’s parade and picnic this past weekend.

“I am honored,” said a humble Deters, whom his wife of 57 years, Norma, describes as a service-minded person not keen on talking about himself.

“He loves helping out, but he doesn’t really like the attention,” she said.

Service is a trait the Deters family shares as they were recently honored with the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year Award. They are the first family from the Teutopolis Knight of Columbus council, of which Don has been a member for 50 years, to receive the distinction. It’s a highlight for Deters and his family, which includes seven sons who are also members of the organization.   

According to Teutopolis Grand Knight Ed Doedtman, Deters has served the local council in a variety of ways as chancellor, deputy grand knight and grand knight, building director and president and fundraising chairman for the Newman Club for which he has raised more than $20,000 for a new center at Eastern Illinois University. He also has been coordinator of various parties at the Knights of Columbus Hall and is in charge of helping to deliver Christmas baskets for shut-ins.

Norma said her husband is most happy raising money for scholarships or planning a German Party for the 55 and older members of the organization at which all eight of their children help serve. A Catholic-based organization, all of their children are involved in helping the Catholic faith at Mass as ushers, Eucharistic ministers and readers.

A man of action and few words, Don pointed to the masthead of Knights of Columbus paperwork on his kitchen counter that reads charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism as the reasons for his service.

“That is what it’s all about,” he said.

Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, at tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com or on Twitter @Ednthuffman.

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