Darace Enid Eaton, age 90, passed away February 10, 2013. He was born on June 3, 1922, the fourth child of five to Harley Eaton and Ella Caroline Salley Eaton on the family farm just a few miles from Warsaw, Missouri. He followed several generations of Eatons and Salleys into Benton County.
His siblings were Russell, Phayes, Eldon and Carl. Darace attended school at Fraction Point rural school and Warsaw High School where he was a good athlete and captain of the basketball team. He graduated in the class of 1941.
He married Audrey Christine Thomas on May 21, 1942. Following their marriage, they made their home in Warsaw.
In September, 1942, Darace was drafted and served in World War II
. He was one of eighteen boys from Warsaw who went to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where they were inducted into the U.S. Army field artillery. From there, Darace was sent to Camp Clairborne, Louisiana; Camp Hood, Texas; and then to Camp Howse, Oklahoma. He served in the 103rd Field Artillery Division in the European theater. The division traveled by foot through Italy, Austria and Germany. They spent the winter in the Siegfried Lines in extreme frozen terrain. The nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshimo and the war ended November 11, 1945. Darace was in Innsbrook, Austria and was discharged in December, 1945.
When returning after the war, he and Christine lived in Warsaw. In 1947 he went to work at the John Deere implement company owned by Raymond Carney purchasing the business two years later.
On February 19, 1948, a daughter, Marsha Sue, was born to Darace and Christine. On March 26, 1952, a son, Randall Darace, was born.
After selling the John Deere Company, he formed a real estate partnership with Arch Proctor. They sold residential, commercial, and agricultural real estate and developed housing subdivisions.
In 1960, Darace and Christine purchased the Ford dealership on Main Street in Warsaw, which he operated for over 20 years with many good and loyal employees. The Eaton Motor Company was given awards for outstanding service and for the number of vehicles sold. Through their association with Ford, the Eatons sold partnership interests in the company first to Avis and Joan Burton and then to Larry and June Walthall. In 1981, the Eatons sold their interest in the company and retired.
Darace was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Warsaw. He served on the Board of Directors for UMB Bank, formerly Community Bank of Warsaw, for over 60 years. He was a member of the Warsaw Lions Club since the late 1940's and served as secretary/treasurer for many, many years. He served on the Warsaw School Board, was involved with the Chamber of Commerce, and was active in the development of Truman Dam, first known as Kaysinger Dam.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine, in 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Marsha Sue Rudolph of Raytown, Missouri, her children, Todd Rudolph and his wife Jackie of Kansas City, Missouri, their children Evan, Carson, Bryce and Ella; and Sheree Bell and her husband Keith of Independence, Missouri, their children Brandon, Kiana, and Malik; and three step children, Monica Matheson, Gregg Rudolph, and Kelly Rudolph. Darace is also survived by one son, Randall Darace Eaton and his wife Marsha of Warsaw and their two sons both of Columbia, Missouri, Alex and Eran and his wife Tammy, their children Karinne, Kaitlynn, and Triston. Darace is also survived by one brother, Eldon of Overland Park, Kansas and one sister-in-law, Wilma Fleet of Colquitt, Georgia.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, in Warsaw. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Benton County Community Foundation c/o the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, Missouri.