Donald Edward Murbach


BYRON — Donald Edward Murbach, age 69, crossed over into eternal life in his home on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Don was born on January 22, 1955 to Donald Wilbur and Dolores Ruth (Wodach) Murbach in Chicago, Illinois. Don grew up in Mundelein, Illinois graduating in 1973 from Mundelein High School.

Don married his wife Beth (Engelmann) on Valentine’s Day in 1976. Don worked at AMMCO Tools in North Chicago, Illinois. He then worked for Commonwealth Edison (Exelon) at Zion Nuclear Power Station and Byron Nuclear Power Station until his retirement in 2017.

Don loved his family dearly and worked hard to provide for them. He gave up his time and talent where needed, taking weeks of vacation to work Rockford Sharefest.

Don was a true Chicago Blackhawks fan. Going to his first game when he was a little boy. Like his dad, his cars were always clean and in prestigious condition. His Men’s Group at church instilled in him a great love of our Lord. His faith carried him through the final months of his life.

He leaves his loving wife Beth; sons Robert and Thomas; daughter and son-in-law Molly and Jenner Eisele; granddaughter Harmony (Tyler Grant) Murbach, grandson Trey Murbach; great grandson Charles Grant and his sweet fur pal, Mac along with his sister Susan; brother John (Linda) Murbach, in-laws Ronald and Barbara Kroeger; brothers-in-law James (Laila) Engelmann; Robert (Janet) Engelmann along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins to cherish happy memories of Don. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation is planned for Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Farrell, Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant, Byron, Illinois. There will be a private ceremony and spreading of ashes at Better Place Forest in Oregon, Illinois.

A heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers at Serenity Home and Hospice, especially hospice nurse, Sheila, for making Don’s final journey such a comfortable and peaceful one. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Serenity Home and Hospice, 1658 IL-2, Oregon, IL 61061. To leave an online condolence please visit