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Donald B. Kolowski

June 22, 1937 — December 1, 2020

Donald B. Kolowski 83 of Peru. Passed away peacefully on December 1, 2020, in IVCH Peru. Services will be private due to Covid-19 and Private burial will be at Peru City Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be at a later date. Ptak Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Donald was born June 22, 1937, in La Salle to Ben and Katherine (Hay) Kolowski. He married Lois Budziak on August 1, 1959, in Peru. Don was a former Peru Police officer, Peru Fire Chief, and Fire Marshall and was a former Peru alderman. Don retired from IVCC as director of purchasing. Don and Lois owned and operated Kolowski Auction Service Company since 1980. Don was a member of Peru CSO and former Secretary and Treasurer of Illinois Auctioneer Association. Don was an avid storyteller, a huge Chicago Blackhawk, and White Sox fan and loved practical jokes. Don is survived by his wife Lois of Manor Court of Peru, 1 daughter Donna (Paul) Ristau of Peru, 1 son Ken (Michelle) Kolowski of Peru. 5 Grandchildren Andy (Mindy) Arnold, Sara Jean (Matt) Dalton, Alex (Fiancé Mike) Kolowski, Macy Kolowski and Conner Kolowski. 6 Great Grandchildren Asher, Avalean, Gabriel, Lauren and Madelyne and Miles. Don was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters in infancy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Horizon House Tree of Hope. Online condolences and memories may be shared at
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