Delmar Donley, Jr. Obituary – The State Journal-Register


Delmar Donley, Jr. 1942 – 2022

Sherman, IL—Delmar Donley, Jr., 79, of Sherman, IL, died Friday, April 15, 2022 at St. John’s Hospital.

He was born on October 18, 1942 in Sherman, to Delmar Sr. and Harriet Powell Donley. Delmar graduated from Williamsville High School and followed his father into the trucking business, owning Donley Trucking in Williamsville with his son, Todd. He also owned Info Corner Materials in Springfield. Recycling concrete has made Delmar happy. His work was laborious but a real passion, until the day of his death. Delmar’s work ethic was second to none.

Delmar enjoyed late model racing with his son, Todd. They have been there every February for the past 45 years and have always looked forward to Eldora and Knoxville with Chico. Shannon Babb was his favorite pilot. Delmar also enjoyed boating and watching football games in Williamsville. He had a great appreciation for nature. Delmar enjoyed watching deer, turkeys and wild birds on his childhood property on which he still lived.

He met Judy Hawks in 1983. They spent nearly 40 years, traveling extensively and dining out. Delmar was always ready to go to an art fair or a Broadway show. Sundays for the past few years have included long car drives with their dear friends, the Furmans. Delmar’s generous nature was second to none, as he cared deeply for his family, friends and employees.

Delmar was predeceased by his parents; brother, Leroy Donley; sisters, Eunice Louise Burris and Janet Darling; and his nephew, Doug Watson.

He is survived by his son, Todd (Michelle) Donley; grandchildren, Megan (Jason) Golden and Veronica (Joey) Bigley; great-grandchildren, Bailey Golden and Lola Bigley; siblings, Linda (Mickey) Moorman, Juanita Donley and Bill (Karolyn) Donley; Todd’s mother, Judy Donley Henderson; partner, Judy Hawks; Judy’s children, Jodi (Dave) Daykin and Daniel Hawks, III; Grandchildren of Judy, Alec, Daniel, Quinn and Grant Daykin; and several nieces and nephews.

At Delmar’s request, there will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105.

Cremation was provided by the Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

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Posted on April 23, 2022

Published in The State Journal-Register

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