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Donald G. Van Dusen

September 10, 1946 ~ March 16, 2021 (age 74)


Donald Van Dusen


CHARLESTON – Donald George Van Dusen, 74, of rural Charleston, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at his home.


Donald was born September 10, 1946 in Elgin, Illinois, son of Donald I. and Marion (Struckman) Van Dusen.  He is survived by his sister: Carol Van Dusen of Mundelein, IL; and numerous friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 


Don graduated Elgin High School in 1964, and attended Elgin Community College for two years.  He served in the Army in Vietnam as a Medic from 1968 til 1970.  Upon returning to the States, he enrolled at Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a Master’s degree.  Don served as a Graduate Assistant in Math and Computers, and later became an instructor for the University, covering Sabbaticals for other instructors, or just when they needed him to teach a course, for many years.  Professors would invite Don to come into Business classes to share insights about opening their own businesses and his experiences.


Don opened Charleston Custom Cycle in 1975.  He rode his Harley’s all over the United States.  He loved his dogs, enjoyed reading, and treasured his time outdoors on his twenty-five acres.  Life will not be nearly as interesting without V.D. in it.


A celebration of his life will be scheduled in the summer for family and friends.

Arrangements: Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.


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