AMBOY — Donald C. Wittenauer, 87, of Amboy, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born in Amboy on Aug. 7, 1931, to Joseph and Floy (Thrasher) Wittenauer.
Don opened his own barber shop in Amboy in 1960 and continued to service his clients until the time of his passing. Don served in the US Air Force from 1951-1955, and was an active member of the American Legion Post 453. He also served 42 1/2 years as a member of the Masonic Illinois Central Lodge # 178, serving as Worshipful Master for 14 terms.
Don was a founding member of the Shady Oaks Country Club and was president of the Amboy Chamber of Commerce for many years. Don was awarded Amboy Citizen of Year in 2009, having celebrated 50 years in business at that time.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Morgan, and two brothers, Elmer Wittenauer and Russell “Eugene” Wittenauer, and one granddaughter, Lauren Wittenauer.
Don is survived by two sons, Scott (Amy), of Amboy, and Steve (Wendy), of Quakertown, Penn.; five granddaughters, Emily (Terry) Lester, Amanda (Matt) Walter, Bethany (Collin) O’Connell, Melisa Shuttleworth, and Meghan LaGro; as well as eight great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Aaron, Noah, Everett, Kaeden, Madison, Charlotte, and Caleb.
Dad loved fishing, racing, volunteering his time and services to the community, and solving the world’s problems daily in the barbershop. He never met a stranger, had a nickname for all, and recognized everyone by the backs of their heads, but more than anything, he loved his family dearly. He will be forever missed and eternally loved.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 9, with Masonic Services at 5:30 p.m., at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, at the funeral home with Pastor John Kalebaugh officiating. Burial with Military honors will follow at Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com.