Donald Dewayne Laws, 81, 832 Country Club Drive East, Quincy, died at 1:37 p.m. Monday (June 2, 2014) in his home.
He was born on March 24, 1933 in Memphis, Mo., the son of Clarence and Mary Mae Summers Laws. On June 25, 1955, he married Sheila Kathleen
Menne in St. Peter's Catholic Church. She survives.
Don was the youngest of seven children, and moved to Quincy with his family in his early years. He attended the Quincy grade schools and
graduated from Quincy Senior High School in 1951.
Don spent three years in the United States Navy
from 1951 to 1954. He served during the Korean War
aboard the USS Buck, a Sumner class destroyer.
Don and Sheila lived in the Quad-Cities while Sheila attended Palmer College of Chiropractic. After she graduated in 1962 the family moved to Quincy.
Don was employed for 30 years as a customer service agent for Ozark Airlines. He was initially based in Moline, before working out of Quincy at Baldwin Field. He retired from Ozark in 1986, while stationed at Madison, Wis. After his retirement he started a lawn-care and painting business and cared for his customers for 25 years.
Don served as president of the Mendon Lions Club (1997-1998) when Sheila and Don lived in their country home outside Mendon. He was known for his
wit, storytelling, and joking with anyone with whom he talked. He enjoyed his grandchildren's sporting events, following the success of
the QND sports teams, and working outdoors. Don loved Christmas, and he spoiled his family making special Christmas memories.
During his working years and after his retirement, he and Sheila traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
Survivors in addition to his wife include four children, Dr. Diana (Todd) Franklin of Quincy, Dr. Suzanne (Jon) Feldmann of Monmouth,
Julie (Rick) Bruening of Quincy, and Joseph (Larry Sawallish) Laws of Quincy; seven grandchildren, Brandon (Molly) Bruening, Christopher
(Letha) Franklin, Jennifer Schofield, Heather (Dr. Greg) Bosshardt, Tristin Bruening, Andrew (Amanda) Schofield, and Daniel (Julie) Schofield; seven great-grandchildren, Simon, Cecilia, Samuel and Augustine Bruening, Alex and Luke Bosshardt, Elizabeth Schofield, and two more due this fall.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, William, Henry, Kenneth, and Lester Laws, and two sisters, Lena Allen and Mae Laws.
SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. prayers on Saturday, June 7 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in the Church
of St. Peter, with the Monsignor Leo Enlow officiating.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post No. 37
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Blessing Foundation for Hospice, Quincy Humane Society or Quincy Notre Dame Sports Program
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home