Donald Gene Shroyer, 87, of Decatur, passed away at 8:28 a.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013 in his home with his family by his side.
He was born November 24, 1925, in Lovington, IL, the son of Monroe and Hazel Marie (Murphy) Shroyer. If you knew Donald you knew that his passion was football and that he loved coaching. He was a decorated high school and college athlete. Upon completion of his college football career, he signed a contract to play for the Chicago Bears. He coached at Millikin University and led the team that went undefeated in 1961. He was also a coach for the St. Louis Cardinals football team. He spent a lot of time working with the youth in Decatur. He was inducted in the Decatur Athletic Council Hall of Fame, Millikin University Athletic Hall of Fame, and Carmi High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of Medallion Society of Millikin University, and he was a Mason at the Lovington Lodge. He was also a recipient of the Millikin Alumni Merit Award. He married the love of his life Marilyn Morthland on June 23, 1951 in Decatur, IL, and they shared 62 wonderful years together.
He leaves behind his wife Marilyn, children Gail (John) Krueger; Douglas (Tjode) Shroyer; Christopher (Jeana) Shroyer; Beth (Gary McDermott) Shroyer; brother, Jack Shroyer; grandchildren, Sarah, Anne, David, Alyssa, and Andrew.
He was reunited in Heaven with his parents; brother, Harold Shroyer; and sister, Betty Jane Shroyer.
He was a player, coach, teacher, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
We have great memories and will all miss him.
Memorial services to celebrate Donald’s life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Christ United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Memorials can be directed to the Don Shroyer Scholarship Fund at Millikin University or to Christ United Methodist Church.
The family of Donald G. Shroyer is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.
Obituary credit: Decatur Herald & Review. Written by family members.