Donald R. Houdasheldt Sr.

Born: Fri., Apr. 12, 1935
Died: Fri., May 24, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., May 28, 2013
Location: Oblong First Baptist Church

Celebration of Life

10:30 AM Wed., May 29, 2013
Location: Oblong First Baptist Church

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Mr. Donald R. “Hardy” Houdasheldt Sr. 78, of Oblong, Illinois, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Friday May 24, 2013, at his residence in Oblong.

Born April 12, 1935, in Oblong, Illinois, he was the son of Lawrence L. “LL” “Hardy” and Vera (Howell) Houdasheldt. He married Rose Jacobs on June 13, 1954 and she survives. Don was ordained as a minister in 1968 and ministered at several area churches over the years most recently he was serving Cummins Baptist Church in Rose Hill, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife Rose Houdasheldt, Oblong, IL; son and daughter-in-law Dan and Dana Houdasheldt, Oblong, IL; daughter-in-law Diane Houdasheldt, Oblong, IL; four grandchildren; Josh Houdasheldt of Mattoon, IL, Mandy Houdasheldt of Carbondale, IL, Bethany and D.J. Davis of Oblong, IL and Hanna Houdasheldt of Oblong, IL; brother-in-law sister- in-law Mark and Donna Jacobs, Oblong, IL; nephew Troy Jacobs of Oblong, IL and Smith K. “Buster” Mendenhall of Pittsfield, IL. who was like a brother to Hardy.

Don is preceded in death by his parents; son Donald Richard “Rick” “Hardy” Houdasheldt and nephew Todd Jacobs.

Celebration of Don’s Life will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Oblong First Baptist Church, corner of Garfield and Missouri Streets. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 28, 2013, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the church and Wednesday morning from 9:00 AM till the time of service. Burial will be in Oblong cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Oblong Sports Boosters, Lincolnland Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be at the church or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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   Posted Mon May 27, 2013
Hardy was one of the big brothers I never had, and one of the best friends I could ever expect to know. I am sad, but I know I will see him again soon in heaven. Rose, my "sister", I have asked God to keep His arms around you along this rough part of the pathway, and to carry you when necessary, but I didn't have to tell Him that. I loved Hardy, and I love you too Rose.

Ruthie Gallington
   Posted Tue May 28, 2013
Rose you know how much both of you have met to me over the years, I just had my hip replaced so will not be able to be there, but you are always in my prayers.

Ken Pryor
   Posted Wed May 29, 2013
Sorry to hear of Don's passing. I've been in Springfield this week. I remember when Mark and I used to park our motorcycles in your front yard on S. Range across from OHS.

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