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Donald “Don” Neisler

d. January 31, 2023

Donald “Don” Neisler, 90, of Athens, passed on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at his home.

He was born October 12, 1932 in Witt Township, the son of Earl Newell and Grace (Snook) Neisler.

Don married Ila June Price on October 17, 1952 in Long Beach, California.

Mourning his passing are his wife, June; children, Susan Brodniak, Michael (Connie), Earl Bruce (Petra), Sharilyn Owings; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; brother; Darrell (Beverly); several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dale; sister, Linda Arndt; and great-grandchild, Teagan Louise Rowland.

Don graduated from Fillmore High School in Fillmore, Illinois.

After graduation, he worked for Nickle Plate Railroad, as a farmer, for Illinois Consolidated Phone Company, and for the last 60 years Don was a Pastor of Baptist churches in Donnellson, IL; Nokomis, IL, Nortonville, IL, Nilwood, IL, Auburn, IL, Athens, IL, and Mt. Zion and New Lebanon Churches in Kilbourne, IL.

He served as Treasurer of Athens and was elected Mayor from 2013 until 2017.

Don was an entrepreneur and owned and operated a laundry business and a successful tax business in Athens.

Don served for the United States Navy from 1952 until 1955 as an E3 Seaman, earning the National Defense and Good Conduct awards.

He was a member of the Athens Lions Club.

Don loved his gardening, conservative politics, reading U.S. History, and especially his grandchildren.  He and June enjoyed many travels around the country and world.  He was an avid Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinal, and Fighting Illini fan.

Visitation for Don will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  An additional visitation will be held on Monday, February 6, 2023 from 9:00 AM until time of funeral services at 10:00 AM at Western Oaks Baptist Church in Springfield with Rev. Don Full and Dr. Josh Parsons officiating.

Burial will be held Bost Hill Cemetery near Hillsboro, Illinois immediately after the services.

Memorial contributions can be made to Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in Carmi, Illinois.  Their website is

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. My deepest sympathy and prayers for June, Shari and all the family. My husband and I shared in the joy of being grandparents with Don and June for grandchildren Tyler,Corey and Alyssa Owings.
    Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.

    Rosemary and Nelson Owings

  2. June, Sue and family. So sorry for your loss but we rejoice that Don is with Jesus whom he served so faithfully. Have such fond memories of his sermons and you teaching us in Sunday school June. You both made such an impact on my life(I was saved at Nokomis chapel) and saw many family members saved. My dad even became a deacon! Thank you for touching so many for Christ. Janie

  3. Thoughts and prayers with the family, met Don through his tax business, he was fine man that will always be missed never forgotten.
    ron schwabe

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