Donald James Church, 76, passed away 8:20 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Alton Memorial Hospital.
Born on December 5, 1937 in Gladewater, TX, he was the son of James Frederick and Ethie Janell (Wright) Church. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he had been a District Manager in the Petroleum Industry before retiring in 1999.
He married the former Eva Ladell Halbert on November 29, 2003 in Alton. She survives. Surviving also are two sons, Daniel Church of Orlando, FL, Timothy (Jolana) Church of Collinsville; daughter, Christine Church of Orlando, FL; step-daughter, Vicki (Fred) Monroe of East Alton; three grandchildren, Jacob, Kherington and Kamden Church; three step-grandchildren, Randy (Becky) Rhyne, Ashley (James) Romero, Aaron Rhyne; four step-great grandchildren; three brothers, Jack Waits of North Dakota, Fred Church of Bethalto, Carl Church of Wood River; a sister, Gay Lynn Dickens of North Carolina.
Preceding in death were his parents and two brothers, John Waits and Kenneth Church.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Hearts Harvest Fellowship Church, 111 Sheridan St, Bethalto. Family burial rites will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Marks Mortuary in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.