Donald P. Eloff

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October 17, 1932 - July 10, 2018
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Don was born October 17, 1932 to Peter and Juanita Eloff in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. He had one younger brother James. As a young boy, Don would go to the Greyhound Bus Station to shine shoes using the handmade shoe shine kit he made himself. He later worked in the station as a bag porter. Don would take on any odd jobs to help out the family. He graduated from Central High School in 1950, where he ran track and played football. He later met his wife to be Irene at the corner confectionary. During their courtship Don decided to learn how to dance because he didn't like being on the sidelines watching Irene dance with his friends. Apparently a good move, because if you've ever seen Don and Irene dance, they could rock a dance floor!

Don worked his way up at the Frisco and Santa Fe Railroads doing various jobs until he landed a position as a Salesman. This was what he truly loved. He enjoyed the interaction with people and acquired lifelong friends over the years.

In 1953 Don and Irene married. They started off as every other struggling couple living in a third floor attic only to move to a larger third floor attic when beginning their family. They eventually moved to Dellwood where they raised their four children Rodney, Lisa, Lori and Leslie, participating in activities from Indian Guides to Girl Scouts. Don was very active in the local area traffic club and enjoyed bowling. Don and Irene loved to camp and took many family vacations traveling around the States and Mexico. In their retired years, they'd make the snowbird trek in their RV to Florida, stopping off in Biloxi for some buffets and casinos. Don is blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law (Lisa), three son-in-laws (Bob, Curt & John) and ten Grandchildren, Darren, Lauren(Tim), Ashlynn, Daniel, Rachel, Andrew, Blake, Kirsti(Mickel), Nathan and Zachary.Don made many wonderful friends during his lifetime, creating fond memories along the way. He had a special place in his heart for Jeanne, Carol and Michele. He was especially happy when he could help his children out or attend various events for his grandchildren and always looked forward to family celebrations. He wasn't however, fond of the many Christmas lights or garage sales that he got himself involved with, but he did those things for Irene, his puddin.

Don touched the lives of many throughout his years and will be missed very much by all.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Brian C Derrington July 12, 2018 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    candle 8Uncle Don was one of my favorite uncles whom I had a lot of respect for and it will be hard to forget him because he gave me so much to remember over the years. My deepest condolences to Aunt Rene, my cousins Leslie, Rod, Lisa and Lori and the rest of the family. May God give you peace and strength during this time of sorrow.

  2. Rhonda Moloney July 13, 2018 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sorry for your loss.

  3. K..L. Derrington July 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    On the evening of March 30, 1967 Clifford (my father) rushed me to 10324 Tanner Drive in Dellwood to stay with the Eloffs while my brother Brian made his grand entrance into the world. The next evening, Don made dinner for Rod, Lisa, Lori and myself. Now Uncle Don had a reputation for demanding that the kids eat everything on their plate. Well, anyway, Don made his own spiced up creation of hamburgers. I’m sure he thought they tasted great, but my stomach did not agree–believing I would receive the wrath of Uncle Don if I DID NOT eat all he placed on my plate–I forced mine down. Up it came. Right back into my plate. Don’s kids thought it was hysterical. Me? All I wanted was to leave the table and get away from the food. Looking back on that time, I appreciate Uncle Don’s efforts. A man in 1967 cooking for four kids. Wow. Cherish the memories of Donald Eloff. He gave us a lot to happily reflect upon. Peace to the family.

  4. Ilene bauer mcinvale July 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Last of the true gentleman. Left a great legacy in his and renees children and grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with all of yall

  5. Nancy Stoll July 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

  6. Joan Little July 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss, Rene. Don left us too soon, our sympathy to you and your family.

  7. Joan Little July 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply


  8. Brian A Morris July 15, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Wonderful man when he was my competitor and I was at Southern Pacific. Even better teacher when I took a position in the Santa Fe office in St. Louis. He made me feel at home

  9. Jerry Mann July 15, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss.Don was a good guy. Have thought of you guys many times over the years.We go back a long time.

  10. Jim & Pat Schurrer (Roberts RV) July 16, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We have enjoyed being your Roberts RV neighbors you were quite the couple❤️. It makes me happy that we could have shined up your RV this passed years Don was so happy. We will miss Dons friendship, his happy smile, and watching the love he had for you Irene. GOD BLESS YOU

  11. Gaetan and Dorothy Gendron August 10, 2018 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Irene and family.

    It is with great sadness that we learned of Don’s passing from Skip and Sue. So sorry we could not be there. You remain in our hearts. We will always remember his “Just Married” messages in the back window of your car in Florida. He was a great husband to you and he will keep watching over his “Bride”. May he rest in Peace!

    ~ Gaetan and Dorothy Gendron, Rockland, Ontario

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