Donald Ray Eagleburger
Donald Ray Eagleburger, age 91, passed away at Cox Hospital on March 1, 2014. He was born September 2, 1922 in Springfield, MO where he attended Robberson, Reed, and graduated from Senior High School (now Central) in 1940. His college years were interrupted by the event of World War II. He joined the Marines and served in the South Pacific. His 5th Marine Division was scheduled to invade Japan within days when the War ended abruptly by the advent of the A-Bomb. His division, then, was the first to occupy mainland Japan. Following that, he returned to Springfield and finished his bachelor's degree at SMS (now MSU) in 1947.
In college, he met and married Helen Nevatt in 1944. They eventually celebrated their 69th anniversary. They were blessed with three wonderful children: Carol Young and husband Larry of Holt's Summit, MO, Steven and wife Phyllis of West Linn, OR, and Phillip and his wife Jane Tracey of Washington, DC; four granddaughters: Shelby Young of Denver, CO, Kimberly and husband Hugh Davis of West Linn, OR, Rebecca and husband Rob Lynch of Olathe, KS, Kristen and husband Bryan Painter of St. Louis, MO; and last but not least, six great-grandchildren, Hailey, Carter, Aaron, Abbey, Annabelle, and Andrew.
During Don's early working years with Colonial Bakery, he and his family lived in several different cities: Memphis, El Paso, Paducah, Rolla, then finally back to Springfield where he retired from Missouri Department of Transportation.
In his 30 years of retirement, he was busier than ever. He loved sports. Early years, it was football, track, and baseball. Then, lastly, golf. He managed a couple of "holes-in-one" in this endeavor. He also volunteered many hours at Cox Hospital and Hammons Hall. His church, Wesley United Methodist, was very dear to him. He participated in many church activities with a host of great friends.
He and Helen enjoyed a special group of friends who shared many hours of square dancing, ball-room dancing, camping, pinochle, Branson shows, and of course, dinners. They also traveled extensively. For the past several years, there have been family reunions with the entire family at various locations. He really enjoyed these. However, he liked everyone and as they say, "He never met a stranger". He will be greatly missed.
Services will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with visitation at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliate Care 2432 E Madrid St, Springfield, MO 65804 or to Wesley United Methodist Church, 922 W Republic Rd, Springfield, MO 65807.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2014