Donnie O. Brown October 15, 1935 – June 10, 2019


Donnie O. “Bunny Bread” Brown, 83, of Harrisburg, passed away, Monday, June 10, 2019 at his residence.

Donnie was born in Eldorado on October 15, 1935 to the late Claude and Ethel (Catlin) Brown. He was a member of the Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisburg and was a union steward with the Teamsters International Union. He went to work out of high school for the Eldorado Locker Co. and was the Senior bread man with Lewis brothers Bakery known as Bunny Bread. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and in his retirement with his brothers they owned and oversaw the Saline Landing in Hardin County.

On April 23, 1955 he married Vernetta Rowena Barker and she preceded him in death on April 26, 2014. He is survived by his children, a son, Donald Keith (Nina) Brown of Harrisburg, two daughters: Diedre (David) Rakestraw of Harrisburg and Radonna (Mike) Bolin of Harrisburg. Six grandchildren: Lauren (Bill) Sanders, Cameron T. (Julie) Brown, Jared (Shauna) Wiman, Jacob (Ame) Wiman, Jessi (Michelle) Bolin and Matthew Bolin. Ten great grandchildren: Mattie Sanders, Meredith Sanders, Samuel Brown, Levi Bolin, Lucas Bolin, Juliet Bolin, Abel Michael Bolin, Kaitlyn Wiman, Kylie Wiman and Aydon Wiman. He is also survived by two sisters, Laura (Ralph) Hausser of Frankfort, IL and Linda (Larry) Young of Beecher, IL and a brother Otto Brown of Harrisburg. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by six brothers: Dewey, Albert, Joel, C.A. Bob and Larry and three sisters: Sybil Ursch, Betty Pruett and Carolyn Aldridge.

Funeral services for Donnie will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisburg. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the church from 10:00 AM until service time of 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials in his memory be made to: Keenageus of Dorrisville Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois and envelopes will be available.

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