Donald “Don” Lee Alberts, 70, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday May 22, 2022 at his home in Rockton, IL. Don was born on January 28, 1952 in Rockford, IL, the son of LeRoy and Margaret “Lucille” (Webster). Don is survived by his beloved wife Gail (Scott), sons Heath and Nicholas, step-children David (Sally) Dulyea and Dianna (Rick) Hill, sister Deborah “Debbie” (Denny) Kittle, brother Robert (Judy) Coffey, grandchildren Todd (Katie) McNulty, Kayla Hill, and Jenna Hill, and great-granddaughter Faye McNulty. Don was predeceased by his brother William ”Bill” Coffey.\n\nDon and Gail were married on May 23, 1987, and spent 35 wonderful years together. They both worked for Cadbury-Adams in Loves Park, IL for more than 30 years, both retiring in 2007. Before and after their retirement, they spent nearly all of their time together, doing what they loved most - fishing at their second home on Big Round Lake in Wisconsin, playing games, and watching movies. Don cherished his family and the many long-lasting friendships that he developed through work, fishing, bowling, softball, golf, and other activities.\n\nWhile he may be gone, Don’s legacy endures through his family and many friends. The memories, stories, wisdom, humor, and experiences he provided to so many of us live on. The outpouring of love, support, condolences, kind gestures and words over his passing speak volumes to the sort of person he was, and how he touched the lives of so very many individuals in meaningful and lasting ways.\n\nThe family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to everyone who brought so much joy, meaning, laughter, enrichment, and love to Don’s life - and to theirs as well. A rich and fondly-remembered life is a lasting testament to it having been lived to its fullest. And Don - without question - certainly had that.\n\nA visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at McCorkle Funeral Home, located at 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd, Rockton, IL. Following the visitation, the family will host a luncheon from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Venetian Club, located at 2180 Elmwood Road, Rockford, IL.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, Don’s family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital - https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.