Donald E. Buss, 79, of Venus, formerly of Pekin, Ill., passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 25, 2007 at The Plaza of Mansfield.

He was born July 4, 1928 in San Jose, IL, the son of Viola Dean Pfieffer and Howard Buss. He married Shirley Lister on Dec. 24, 1949.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; son Michael Buss and daughter Joann (Arnold) Herron of Midlothian; two grandsons, Joshua Herron of Fairfax, Va., and Jeremy Herron, currently a member of the United States Marine Corp.; one brother, Jack Thomason of Englewood, Fla; two sisters, Alice Biswell of Elmer, Mo., and Clara Burch of Manito, Ill.

His parents preceded him in death.

He was a retired United States Air Force veteran. He later worked at Keystone Steel and Wire from 1967 to 1982 and then from 1982 to 1990 at Chaparral Steel in Midlothian.

A private family viewing was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2007 at Midlothian Funeral home followed by cremation.