February 28, 1945 – June 2, 2022
EUREKA – Donald E. Hultgren, 77, died on June 2, 2022 at his daughter’s home. Donald was better known to many as Don or Donnie and was called Papa by those he loved and those who loved him most.
Born February 28, 1945 in Streator, IL to John and Ella Hultgren. Don grew up in Wenona, Illinois and graduated from Wenona High School. He married his lifelong lover Sharyl Johnson on February 17, 1968, whom he has loved for 54 years. she survives.
Also surviving are daughters Theresa (Joe) Prosser of Eureka, IL; son John Hultgren (Janel Schumacher) of Toluca, IL; Sister Sue (Neil) Schwanke from Varna IL; grandchildren: Michael Bailey, Hannah Bailey and Ethan Hultgren; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death; Brothers: Charles Hultgren and Robert Hultgren; sister, Patricia Beltz; and little brother.
In addition to his human family and friends, Don adored and adored his furry companions Milo, Luna, Sully, and Louie. He was also blessed with frequent visits from Ollie.
Don was a proud Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. When he retired in 1998 after 31 years with Caterpillar, he and Sharyl began the chapter of their lives that had been planned for years. When they RVed across the United States, they often took the less traveled route, and there wasn’t a trail too difficult to walk. In the course of their explorations and since Don never knew a stranger, they were fortunate to make many friends and create many memories from coast to coast.
While her travels kept her busy, Don loved and was proud of his children and grandchildren and nothing made him happier than spending time with them. An avid runner until his health failed, we know Don is now running with the angels again.
Since he wanted to be cremated, his ashes will be scattered at a later date in the places that meant the most to him and Sharyl.
Memorials can be made to the Carle Cancer Institute of Normal and he would love it if everyone who reads this or knew him would fly the American flag in his honor.