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Donald A. Banister

d. July 24, 2016

Donald A.  Banister, age 82, of Sherman, formerly of rural Springfield, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at his residence.

Donald is survived by his wife, Frances; children Patti (Mike) Barnett of Williamsville, Brenda (Jeff) Knollenberg of Grimes, IA, and Tom Banister of North Prince George, VA; grandchildren; Jody Formea, Chatham, George (April) Muller, Richland, WA, Rachel (Joe) Hemstock, Springfield, Corinne Barnett, Williamsville, Henry Knollenberg, Audrey Knollenberg both of Grimes, IA, Ty (Shelby) Banister, Ft Riley, KS, Haylei (fiancé Tristan Russell) Banister, Ft Bragg, NC, Austin Banister, Terre Haute, IN and Taylor Banister, Ft Campbell, KY;  Siblings:  Doris (Charles) Markwardt, Lincoln,  Beverly (Pete) Boyer, Elkhart, John (Diane) Banister, Springfield.  He is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Banister and Dale Banister.

He was born on December 27, 1933 near Greenview, Illinois, the son of John and Lucy Mason Banister.  He graduated from Middletown High School in 1952.  He married Frances Rankin on July 16, 1960. He was a transport driver for FS Services (Growmark) for 34 years.  Don did not know a stranger, and was happiest spending time with his family and many friends.  He was a member of the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department and served as fire chief for seven years.  He was a member of the Sherman United Methodist Church for many years and recently started attending the Williamsville Christian Church.  He was a member of the NRA and the IL Sheriffs’ Association. Don was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the US Army from 1952-1954. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0672 in Middletown.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 4-7 PM at the Williamsville Christian Church in Williamsville.  Funeral Services will be Thursday, July 28 at 10:30 AM at Williamsville Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Christian Village Auxiliary, Lincoln, IL.

Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

Ryan Edgecomb and David Beals will be officiating.



  1. Patti and family, my sympathies on the loss of your father. May God grant you peace as you grieve the loss of your father.

  2. I remember how Don walked me around the house and told me about every person in every picture and then what they were doing now. I will miss his dry quick wit and the way he could put a whole paragraph of meaning into only one word, and most especially his laugh which came through his whole self.

  3. I’ve known Mr. Banister my whole life. I called him that as a child and still did as an adult. I grew up near him and his family when they lived in Sherman and was at their house probably every day. I hated when they moved. A few years ago I moved close to him. He would honk and wave at me every time he went by. I always kept a watch out for him. A few times he would stop and talk. He stopped a few weeks ago to tell me he moved on me again. I will miss this man terribly. He was the epitome of what a man should be.

    Thoughts and Prayers
    Tracey Dees

  4. Banister Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Don was such a sweet man and so good to our mom Millie after Dale’s passing. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Prayers for the family.

  5. To the entire Banister family, our condolences on the loss of Don.

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