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Don Ray Ewell

June 13, 1934 ~ June 9, 2021 (age 86)


Don Ray Ewell, age 86 of Equality, IL passed on this life, June 9, 2021 after an extended illness.  Don was born in Harrisburg, IL on June 13, 1934 to the late Rev. Edward and Nona (Hibbs) Ewell.  He was married to the love of his life, Rita (Roe) Ewell on March 6, 1957.

Don graduated high school in Harrisburg and was a very good basketball player, playing in the first game in Davenport Gym in 1952.   Don then served his country in the U.S. Army.  He had owned and operated flooring business for many years.   He will be remembered as man of faith and having a beautiful voice, he sang at many weddings and funerals throughout the years and was a member of a couple of quartets.   But his real love was the Lord becoming a minister and being with his family.  He will be missed.

Don is survived by his wife, Rita Ewell, son, Tony Ewell (Jeanette Giwoyna) of Marion, 2 daughters, Angie (Doug) Drone of Ridgway and Kim (Scott) Vanzant of Eldorado.  7 Grandchildren, Ashley, Shawn, Kasey, Josh, Nicholas, Alyssa and Kayla.  5 great grandchildren, Jacie, Ashton, Nash, Dalton, and Aryia.  He was preceded in death by a son Randy Ewell and a sister, Sue Stockich.(who died the same day as Don a few hours earlier)

Visitation for Don will be on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at the New Life Christian Center in Equality from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  His funeral will immediately follow at 3:00 PM with Rev. Blake Clayton officiating.  Interment will follow at the Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown with military rites.

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June 13, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
New Life Christian Center

Funeral Service
June 13, 2021

3:00 PM
New Life Christian Center

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