Peaceful 09

Donald E. Empson

December 11, 1940 ~ February 8, 2021 (age 80)


Donald E Empson, 80, of Urbana, IL, passed away at 2:20 A.M., Monday, February 8, 2021 at Amber Glen, Urbana, Illinois. 

Mr. Empson was born December 11, 1940 in Urbana, IL, a son of Jim.and Vonna (Spradling)Empson.  He married Cheryl Smalley on July 29, 1973, in Tolono, IL.  

Survivors include his wife- Cheryl and son- Jason Christopher Empson of Seymour and daughter -Julie Marie Smith of Urbana, Illinois; 5 grandchildren; a sister Shirley Ridley of Houston, Texas.


He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-James and sister-Patricia; step-son Jeff Barnhart,

Donald was a stationary engineer. He worked for Illinois department of Highway, Adlers Zone Center and Illinois Water Survey. He was a member of the Boil Makers Union.

He enjoyed reading a good western novel and was a Western movie enthusiast. Don also enjoyed mowing and had great pride in his yard.


There will be a private burial at Bailey Cemetery in Tolono at a later date. Memorials may be made Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

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