Donald Walden

Donald Walden

Donald Walden, 83, of Thebes, died at 12:50 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2020, at home surrounded by his wife and daughters after a long, courageous battle of stage four lung cancer with brain metastasis. 

He was born on March 12, 1937, at home in Fayville, the son of Cletus and Julia Kelly Walden.  

He and Emilie P. Cotton were married on Nov. 28, 1957. She preceded him in death on April 3, 1989.  He and Betty Caldwell Stecher were married on Nov. 12, 1993.

He had been a member of Local Union No. 1 Ironworkers in Chicago since 1957. He was instrumental in building the IBM Building, Marina Towers and the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL, along with many more.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Teresa Jesenovec (Robert) of Waukegan and Peggi Ingram (Terry) of Park City; grandchildren Michael and Adam Jesenovec, Amy Zimmerman (Jake) and Gregory Householder (Ashley); great-granddaughters Remington, Macklynn and Murphy Zimmerman and Addison Householder.  He is also survived by a special nephew, Tony Walden, who he was quite fond of. Also surviving are two stepsons, Ronald Isom (Ramona) and John Isom (Kerry) and families.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; and siblings Dale Walden and Betty Witzman Baugher.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there will be no visitation or services.  

Memorials can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 6 Walnut St., Evansville, Ind. 47701; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105; or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

Sympathy cards may be mailed to Crain Funeral Home, P.O. Box 257, Anna, Ill. 62906.

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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