SHILOH, ILL. - Donald Lee Ayres, 64, of Shiloh, IL., passed away September 22, 2019 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Don was the son of Drexel Ayres and Emilie Keith. He graduated from Tallmadge High School, attended UA, joined the Air Force where he became an electrician. He retired after 40 years of dedicated service to the Dept. of Defense. Don enjoyed spending time with his family, his loving partner Susan and her family, the creative hobby of model railroading, listening to music and riding his bicycle (fast!).

Donald was preceded in death by his father, Drexel Ayres and his stepfather, Harold Keith. He is survived by children, Jennifer (Michael) Parks and Michael (Michelle) Spencer; three grandkids, Cora Parks, Alden Spencer and Ashley Spencer; his mother, Emilie Keith; three sisters, Drexie (Ken) Frech, Lori (Terry) Colbert, Judith (Dave) Pearcy; a brother, Darrell (Diane) Ayres, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral and burial services were held in Freeburg, IL.

Please join Don’s family in a Celebration of Life gathering on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Faith Bible Fellowship Church in Tallmadge. Don’s wishes were that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to assist in the research of pancreatic cancer ( or to your local humane society. (TE, 10/27/19)