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Donald Charles Van Lyssel

Birth Date: July 5, 1943
Death Date: November 11, 2017

FORSYTH—Donald Charles Van Lyssel, age 74, of Forsyth, IL went home to his Creator on November 11, 2017, peacefully, at his home. Don was born on July 5, 1943, in Appleton, WI, the only son of George and Josephine Van Lyssel, both of whom preceded him in death.
Don married the love of his life, Cynthia Ann Cox, on May 27, 1967 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Decatur, IL. They joyfully, and with family, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 27, 2017.
Don graduated from Lakeview High School and Millikin University both in Decatur in the 1960’s, and thereafter began an extensive and accomplished career in Agriculture, culminating in the founding and ownership of Career Paths Unlimited, a recruiting/consulting company working with agricultural professionals, which has remained in operation for the past 16 years. Don was a consummate professional, detailed and precise, and he truly loved using his talents to serve others in his business. He mentored many, was kind to all and, true to his word as always, he never retired from his work.
Don was an active and involved member of the Illinois Fertilizer/Chemical and the Grain/Feed associations of Illinois, where he served on numerous committees and boards. He was also involved in his community, having served previously as a trustee for the Village of Forsyth. Don served in the Illinois National Guard for six years, and did many good deeds quietly and behind the scenes, as was his humble way. Don worked tirelessly every day of his adult life to make the lives of those he loved—and there were many—easier, and in this, he certainly succeeded
Don is survived by his bride Cyndi of 50 years, and by his daughters, Heather Kimmons of Forsyth and Holly (Eric) Flick of Springfield, and his son Scott (Laura) Van Lyssel of Libertyville, IL. He is also survived by the greatest delights of his life, his seven grandchildren, Gillian and Allison Kimmons, Sofia and Jack Flick, and Nathan Donald, Ben and Charlie Van Lyssel, who he lovingly and openly cherished, and whom he joyfully called “Our Seven from Heaven.” To them and even to many of their friends, he is known simply as “Poppi.” He is survived also by his sister, Sandy Day, of Beloit, WI, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Don had many loves and simple pleasures in his life: the Green Bay Packers, his business, his home, his church, his community, but none greater than his family. His home was the center of all family activities and gatherings, and he worked happily and tirelessly to always make it a place family looked forward to gathering: from his sparkling pool and fountains, to his campsite in the pines, to his golf cart tricked out with every comfort and safety feature he could provide for his beloved Seven from Heaven, and even in the last few weeks, to his teenager-focused TV and game den, which the family looks forward to breaking in in his honor at our first Thanksgiving without him. We know he will be watching, and smiling. And we know that he now knows, with all certainty, that the greatest attraction of his wonderful home, by far, and simply, were he and Mom/Nana.
Don treated his family like royalty, his friends like family, and strangers as long-lost friends he just hadn’t met yet. We love him, and we miss him.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Decatur, Illinois, at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 15, 2017, where Don was a faithful member for over 40 years. Visitation will be immediately preceding Mass, also at Our Lady of Lourdes, at 10:00 am. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Teresa High School.
The family of Donald C. Van Lyssel is being served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Mass of the Resurrection
November 15, 2017
11:00 am
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
3850 Lourdes Drive Decatur, IL 62526
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November 15, 2017
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3850 Lourdes Drive Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. I just learned about the passing of Donald and just want to let you know that I am thinking about you, Cynthia and your family. What wonderful memories you have to cherish about this man!

    JoAnne Niehay

  2. Don was one of the greatest men I ever had the oportunity to work with. He pushed me in ways that Made me wonder why is he doing this..?? As of today, I see why he did as it made me a better person. His number one concern was to make me be the best I could be and for that, I will forever be grateful. Don and I use to have some late night chats as I often referred to him as Daddy Rabbit!!! He always had time to listen and lend advice. Don holds a special place in my heart and I honestly enjoyed the 16 years I had with him at Richland Sales. When I say I loved this man…..I honestly mean it with all my heart. My thoughts and prayers and love to our to Mrs Cindy and all the family!!! A friends try love……Thomas Pajak

  3. Cindy & Family,

    I am sorry to hear of Don's passing this past weekend. Let the loving memories, friends and family provide comfort during this difficult time. My condolences to the Van Lyssel family.

    Connor Day & Family

  4. Dear Van Lyssel Family,

    So sorry to hear about Don's passing. He was an amazing husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa and friend to many. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mark and Stephanie Sarsha

  5. I had the privilege to work with Don and to have him mentor me in my career in the ag industry. His passion for the customer and genuine care for people will always be remember by me. He always stay in contact with me over the years and I still enjoyed talking to him about family and business. My prayers and condolences to all his family.

    Joe Funkhouser

  6. I was one of the many that Don mentored over the years. I was proud to be counted among his friends. He will be missed by many. Don always had time for people. God has gained a great man in heaven.

    Tim Smith

  7. Having worked with Don in the ag industry since 1989 it will be unusual to not hear his voice or see his smile any longer. I appreciated him speaking about his faith, family and friends while going about his work and I know that he was a strong believer. His words were comforting and I will forever remember Don for these fine qualities. I want to thank his family for sharing him with those of us involved in agribusiness for many years. Marlin McCormick, Farmers Elevator & Exchange Co., Monroe City, Missouri

  8. Don was a beautiful man. He was admired and respected by my family. Praying that the family feels the compassion of God through each other and friends. I give thanks to God for Don. Steve Brunette

  9. Hello Cindy and Family,
    Don was a dear and beloved friend. AFter we bought the practice in East Peoria, he would stop by periodically and see how we were doing and encourage us along the journey.

    On Saturday, I had just pulled out the kitchen towel that you and Don gave us as we celebrated a wonderful meal in our home and time with our faith sharing group. I said a prayer for all of our friends in that group.

    May God's love and the prayerful support of friends near and far help you to realize that through the sorrow, God's will be done.

    We have been very blessed to know the two of you, and pray for you. 🙂
    Ray & Kelly and family.

  10. Cousin Don, alias Butch, you will really be missed. Special moments that we shared on the Wolf River always bring a smile and a chuckle. Sharing jokes, meeting your friends, great shoulder to cry on, and grilling catfish. When we left WI we didn't get to share time together, but Jim and I always asked about you and your family when we visited WI.
    May you rest in peace and guide your family from your place in Heaven.
    Your TX cousin, Judy

  11. Cindy and Don were a wonderful couple! They were giving, kind, loyal and loved family most of all! My thoughts are with you all.
    Karla Martins

  12. Don was a great friend and business partner. My brother Kevin and I always enjoyed visiting and purchasing equipment from Don when he stopped by. He always had a joke or story. Guys like him aren't around much anymore.
    He did so much for Agriculture and the IFCA. He wasn't just a board or committee member, he was passionate about it, and gave more than 100%.
    A person didn't have to wonder about his feelings for his family, he always was telling me about them. And he always asked about ours,his memory was phenomenal!
    We both had bouts with Cancer, and he and I were always were concerned with our fight.
    I will miss him, and offer my condolences to the family.
    Sincerely, Mark Tarter
    Tarter Fertilizer, Canton ,Illinois

  13. Don was instrumental in bringing many young people to the Lord thru the Teens Encounter Christ movement. Rest In Peace my friend and Happy Forth Day!!!

  14. My greatest memory of Don is his romantic side. We would come out of Sunnyside at noon or after work and Cindy would have a red rose and a small note on her car. They loved each other so much!! I always considered them the PERFECT couple! My thoughts are with the whole family. He will be missed greatly!!

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