Donald "Donnie" BaranOctober 4, 1942 ~ September 29, 2019 (age 76)
Donald J. “Donnie” Baran, age 76, of Swansea, IL, born on October 4, 1942 in East St. Louis, IL, died on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Mercy Rehab & Care Center, Swansea, IL.
Early in life, Donnie worked as a newspaper boy for J.R. Kirk, and pumped gas at Kelly Well Service. He started working on cars with Al Sirko at Guarantee Automotive in 1956. Donnie worked at Strange and Coleman for 15 years as mechanic/warehouseman and worked at Wise Speed Shop in the parts department for 20 years until he retired. Donnie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Piston Pushers, FBI of Alton (Fat Boys of IL), ROMEO Club (Retired “Old” Men Eating Out). Donnie was also inducted into the Hall of Fame at Gateway International. He loved cars and had a great time racing them.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Joseph and Julia Baran, nee Kantosky; his infant brother, Richard Baran; his uncles, Walter Kantosky and Tony Kantosky; and his loving friend, Joyce Schmitt.
Donnie is survived by his cousins, Ron and Shirley Majka and Bob and Dianne Clark; and his extended family, Michelle (Brad) Kilzer, Kaitelyn Kilzer, Andrea (Ben) Beyer, Samantha Beyer, and Brandy (Kole) Espenschied.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.
A procession will leave from Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fairview Heights, IL with Fr. Jim Nall officiating. Interment will be held in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.