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Donald E. Jennings

East Alton 06/21/2022

Donald E. Jennings, 77, passed away at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Alton Memorial Hospital. 

Born Nov. 5, 1944, in Highland, IL, he was a son of Virgil and Lila (Dennis) Simmons. 

He was a 1964 graduate of East Alton-Wood River High School. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Saratoga. He retired in 1998 as a pipefitter for Amoco Oil Co. He enjoyed Texas Hold ’Em poker, fishing, pheasant hunting, and an ice-cold beer. 

He married Judith Jones on Jan. 31, 1969. She preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 2013. 

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Tamra and Dean McGuire of East Alton; two grandsons, Tyler McGuire of Nashville, TN, and Nick McGuire of Cottage Hills; a sister, Brenda Rulo of Taylorville, IL; two brothers, Jerry Burkett of Maryville and Brett of Florida; and a very special person Trudy Jennings. 

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Ronald D. Jennings; his brother and sister-in-law Danny and Kathy Poston; and his brother-in-law Joe Rulo. 

According to his wishes, there will be no services, but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

An online guestbook is available at www.paynicfh.com 


Obit Provided By:
Paynic Home for Funerals


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