Donald E. Streit

July 17, 1932 - January 1, 2021

Donald  E.  Streit


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Donald E. Streit, 88, of Garden Prairie, IL passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, Friday, January 1, 2021. Donald was born July 17, 1932 in Alden, IL, the son of Edward and Dorothy (Smith) Streit. Donald married Darlene (Dummer) Gorham on November 23, 1968 at First United Methodist Church in Belvidere, IL. Donald proudly served our country with the United States Air Force until he was honorably discharged in 1957. Donald was a mill rite for Sundstrand Aviation for 41 years. Don was a member and past president of the Prairie Riders Snowmobile Club, member of the VFW, American Legion, Belvidere Moose Lodge and the Northern Illinois Vintage Tractor Association. Don was passionate about snowmobiling, working in his garages and taking care of the neighborhood lawns. Donald cherished spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family. He made his spiritual home at First United Methodist Church in Belvidere, IL. He will be missed by all.

He is loved and missed by his wife, Darlene; children, Randy, Raymond, Ricky, Rodney Streit, Judy Lamping, Jim (Cindy) Gorham, Cindy (Bill) Hathaway; grandchildren, Zach (Dena) Lamping, Dena Gates, Tanya (Brad) Surdick, James (Jeni) Gorham, Tyler (Samantha) Hathaway, Kaelyn Hathaway; great-grandchildren, Aaron (Alexis) Lamping, Alyssa Lamping, Connor and Andrew Gates, Kai and Dex Surdick; brothers, Edward (Lois) Streit, Ronald Streit; sister-in-law, Dorothy Degner; brothers-in-law, Wade (Sandra) Dummer, Mike Dummer as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Donald is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Fidder; sister-in-law, Patricia Streit, brothers-in-law, Edward Fidder, Wayne Dummer, Robert Dummer, Elwyn Degner and son-in-law, Gary Lamping.

Special thanks to OSF doctors, nurses and hospice for their loving care.

The funeral service will be live streamed at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2021 officiated by Rev. Jim Bell. The live stream link can be found on Donald’s obituary page at Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family to be established at a later date. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit

Service Schedule

Thursday, January 7, 2021
1:30 pm

The funeral service will be live streamed at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2020 officiated by Rev. Jim Bell.

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I was saddened to hear of Dons passing. I worked at Sunstrand as well. He was a very talented man with great welding skills. He was a kind man. I’m glad I made his acquaintance.

Barry S Higgs 2021-01-14T10:29:01

I was very sad to hear of Don’s passing. Don and Darlene have been our lifelong neighbors. Now that Don has journeyed to his final home in Heaven I’ll keep Darlene and her family in my prayers.

Michael Mickey 2021-01-09T19:46:04

Darlene so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We had such great memories snowmobiling and parking cars at the fair. Sending you much love.

Janice Dieterman Simmons 2021-01-09T19:20:13

Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He will be missed.
Will miss him at the moose. Arnie & Pat’

Arnie &Pat Walker 2021-01-07T13:05:41

We are so sad to hear about Don’s passing. Glad he had his family close. Darlene I am sure you will miss him know that you and your family are in our prayers. Loved the time we had with Don, snowmobiling and at the Moose. Love you.

Nick and Becky Richards 2021-01-06T12:53:15

So sorry Darlene, you are in my prayers. He will be missed dearly.

Jill Vorndran Smuck 2021-01-05T19:08:09

So sorry Darlene, you are in my prayers.

Jill Vorndran Smuck 2021-01-05T19:06:05

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing he was a great person. Prayers to Darlene and family.

Raetta 2021-01-05T18:21:42

Our hearts are heavy here in Maine, as we think about you both and what your friendship means to us, Darlene….the lawns will never look as nice as when Don was in charge of that happy chore!

God bless you and comfort you, Noel & Laurie and the Marchlings

Noel & Laurie March 2021-01-05T06:56:57

Hi Darlene, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Don, he was such a wonderful man. Mickey and I always loved visiting with you two. I wish you so much comfort and love.

Bonnie 2021-01-04T21:53:56


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