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Donald Toole

March 1, 1931 — March 15, 2019

Donald Leroy Toole, 88, of Ashton, IL, died March 15, 2019 at The Franklin Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Franklin Grove, IL.

He was born March 1, 1931 in Woodford County to­­­­ Leroy and Dorothy Toole. He married Shirley Furrow of El Paso on March 31, 1956 in St. Louis, MO. She passed away on May 25, 2008.

Don is survived by his two children, Steve (Kim) Toole of Ashton and Lisa (John) Connell of Crystal Lake; six grandchildren, Emma and Anna Toole, Maddison (Patrick) Barnaby, Amanda (Chris) Young, Amy (Rich) Simone, and Ashley (Tony) Huffines; six great-grandchildren, Lauren, Madilyne, Rachel, and Randy Simone, and Dennisen and William Young; two sisters, Bonnie (David) Darnall of Secor and Cindy (Neil) Kelsey of Minonk and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Shirley; son, Scott Douglas Toole; his sister Dorothy (Jim) Elgin.

Don attended El Paso High School and graduated from Illinois State University where he majored in education, and participated in football and track. Don also attended the University of Illinois for his graduate work.

Don began his teaching career in Elliott, IL and shortly after became principal at Gibson City Elementary School and Junior High. In 1970, Don and his family moved from Elliott to McHenry, IL where he served as principal of McHenry Junior High and then Parkland Junior High until his retirement in 1987. Don was known as a caring educational leader and an advocate for all of his students. He was also a partner in owning and operating McHenry's Favorite Sport Center.

Don enjoyed sports and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved his family and friends, traveling, collecting treasures, and helping anyone in need.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. March 23, 2019 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Pastor Farrel Stauffer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home. Family burial will be in the Secor Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Donald Toole's Alzheimer's Association page on . Online condolences may be sent to the family at


MAR 23. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738

Funeral Service

MAR 23. 11:00 AM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738

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