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David A. Haskell

Birth Date: May 28, 1950
Death Date: March 30, 2017

David A. Haskell, 66 of Decatur, formerly of Latham, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in his home with his wife at his side.

Dave was born on May 28, 1950 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Kenneth and Dorothy (Willets) Haskell. He married Karyn Kush on March 17, 1972. He started a small business when he was just 21 years old that he continued to operate with his wife until his death. Dave was instrumental in founding the Illinois Association of Drainage Districts, a non-profit organization, in 1995. He loved his yearly trips to his farm in Hawaii, playing cards in Las Vegas and especially playing baseball with his grandsons, who were the lights of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Karyn, son, Matt Haskell of Gilbert, AZ, daughter, Sara Smith and husband Darren of Morton, IL, sisters Carol Kessler and husband Dave of Shelbyville, IL, Cynthia Bade and husband Don of Momence, IL, sister-in-law Janet Haskell of Muscatine, Iowa; grandchildren Devin and Blake Smith of Morton, IL

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and brother, Steve Haskell.

According to his wishes, he was cremated. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Illinois Association of Drainage Districts.
On behalf of the Haskell family, we wish to express our gratitude to his special friends, Mike and Donna Wachter, Tim Heckenkamp, Susan Meador and Mike and Carol Jones, whose kindness and support will not be forgotten.

The family of David Allen Haskell is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. Dave was an amazing man and a super friend to David as he was going through his cancer treatments. They shared the same birthday, same name, and their fathers' had the same name.
    The world will miss Dave!

  2. I'm very sorry for your loss. I sure am going to miss seeing Dave get out of his truck, giving us a wave, and saying, "Hi neighbor". Lots of memories and stories of dad and Dave I like to tell the girls about.

  3. Sarah, family, and colleagues,

    I was so sad to hear of Dave's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. He was always kind, fair, and honest to deal with. I'm sorry for your loss.

    Jeremy Farrar
    Town of Griffin

  4. Prayers and condolences from the Village of West City employees. Dave was always a great guy and helped us out alot.

    Cary Aaron Superintendent

  5. Sarah and family,
    Just received the news and so sad. I was blessed to have known your father as he was a big influence in my life. Not only was he well educated , he was a pleasure to work and be with. Remembering the first time I met and golfed with him, he showed up barefoot! I knew we would get along just fine and we did. May his light forever shine in your smiles and your hearts. Peace be with you Dave.

  6. So Sorry to hear of Dave's Passing, He truly was a great and funny guy. I have had the pleasure of doing business with Dave and Mug A Bug for the better part of 35 years. He was dedicated to his craft and always went above and beyond for his customers.
    We will miss you Dave here in the Bug world

    Kevin Strickler Supt.
    Town of Williamsport

  7. Karyn, Words cannot express my heartfelt sadness that this time has come. Thank you for allowing Dave to be that fill-in Dad for a year with Mindy. The knowledge that was instilled in her during that time, has given her a world of growth and confidence. So many great memories to embrace. Big hug to all my Haskell family. R.I.P. Dave. You will be missed.

  8. My condolences to the family. Can't possibly tell you of all the memories and experiences with the Haskell family, especially with Steve, Dorothy, Kenny, and Dave. They made my life growing up there in Latham special, from working at the plant, to the farm in Vandalia, along with the fun stuff we did, and the trouble we would get in. Karyn, if you need anything just give me a call.

    Jan Curry

  9. So sorry for your loss Karyn, Matt & the whole family. Dave was fun to be around and a giving man, remembering the Cub Scouting days! The Bainbridge family

  10. My sympathy to all of David's family and friends. He was a wonderful guy! We grew up together and went to school together for 12 yrs. I loved his laugh , sense of humor and his kindness. You will truly be missed. Rest in peace. Deb Garbs Jones

  11. Larry Collins and I are so sorry to hear of this! He was truly a wonderful man and will be sorely missed by all whom had the privilege of crossing paths with him during his life's journey. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family – Larry Collins & Terri Wooldridge.

  12. Sorry to hear of Dave's passing he was always a great guy have a lot of good memories when he was a Latham Firefighter. Sympathy to all of Dave's family.

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