Donald E. Reid Sr.

May 27, 1928 — July 6, 2019

Donald E. Reid Sr., 91, of Winamac, passed away at 4:48 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. 

He was born on May 27, 1928, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to the late Earl and Margaret (Clancy) Reid. Don graduated from St. Henry’s Seminary and studied philosophy at Mundelein Seminary. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Sept. 25, 1954, Don married Matilda J. Rustemeyer in Wellston, Missouri. She survives.

Don worked as a salesman for the B&O Railroad for 18 years. After the railroad, he went to work at the Braun Corporation and retired in1993. 

Don was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. He was a fourth degree member of the Winamac and Monticello Knights of Columbus. He loved to serve the Lord and volunteer in the community. Don was on the board of directors for PEAK Community Services for 20 years. He faithfully led the rosary at Pulaski Health Care Center for more than 20 years.

Don enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. He also enjoyed reading and learning about Civil War history. More than anything, Don loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. 

He is survived by his wife Matilda J. Rustemeyer Reid of Winamac; daughters: Diana [Dean] Thomas of Winamac, and Linda [Bob] Cowles of Winamac; sons: Michael [Margaret] Reid of Star City, Donald E. [Connie] Reid Jr. of Star City, Jim “Shoe” Reid of Star City, and David [Missy] Reid of Royal Center; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brother Earl Reid of Caseyville, Illinois; sisters: Rose [Lou] Henderson of Collinsville, Illinois; Mickey Descher of Cahokia, Illinois, Janice [Wes] Lavitte of Perryville, Missouri, and Gerry [Mike] Kee of Troy, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Margaret (Clancy) Reid; son Mark “Goob” Reid; brother Bernard Reid; sisters: Earlene Layton, Carole Smith and Kathleen Reid; and infant sister Patricia Reid. 

Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A scriptural wake service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A Knights of Columbus service will be held at 8 p.m. followed by the rosary on Tuesday, July 9, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac. Military graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

(Pulaski County Journal — July 10, 2019)

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

Office Number: (574) 946-6628
Fax Number: (574) 946-7471

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