Donald Benjamin

CENTRALIA — Donald Benjamin, 80, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021, at Centralia Fireside Nursing Home in Centralia.

Donald was born October 17, 1940, in Centralia, the son of Willard Benjamin and Hazel (Stewart) Benjamin. He married Mary Ann Higgins and they later divorced. Donald married Shirley Bierman on October 2, 1971, and she preceded him in death in November of 2008.

Donald is survived by three sons: Danny Benjamin and wife Vicky of Centralia, Gary Benjamin and wife Kathy of Salem, and Kenneth Benjamin and wife Julie of Kell; one daughter: Penny Knepp of Kell; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents: Willard and Hazel Benjamin; his wife Shirley Benjamin; one son: Brad Benjamin; and two brothers: Gerald Benjamin and Jerry Benjamin.

Donald worked for the Illinois Central and Canadian Northern Railroad for 40 plus years. He served as the former Village Clerk and Mayor of Walnut Hill. He was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed spending his time deer hunting, fishing, and also finding and collecting Native American arrowheads and artifacts. He especially loved to spend time with his grandkids. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

Per Donald’s wishes, a private graveside service will be held at a later date at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia with Pastor John Willis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life of Centralia, Illinois, and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to Donald’s family.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting and the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home Facebook page.