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Donald Robert McLeod

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Donald Robert McLeod

Nixa - Donald Robert McLeod, 94, of Nixa, Missouri, died Thursday, January 25, 2018, after a recent fall and declining health. He was born May 19, 1923, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After graduating from McKinley High School in 1941 and working for a time, he joined the Army, serving during World War II. He became a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge, was awarded a purple heart and was a Bronze Star recipient. After returning from the war, he married Hilda Allender and had three daughters. Like his father, he was a master carpenter and worked as a construction superintendent for much of his career. In 1985, he married Evelyn Heefner Derflinger. In retirement, Don and Evie traveled in their RV, visiting their children and seeing the country. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Olga (nee Kovar) McLeod; his first wife, Hilda Allender McLeod; stepson, Jon Derflinger; stepdaughter, Jane McKie; and sister, Mary Ellen Stone. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Lake of Kirkland, Washington; Bonnie Joyce (Dick) of Milton, Florida; and Donna Gonzalez (Pablo) of Forney, Texas; stepdaughter, Sharron Alcantar (Ventura) of Searcy, Arkansas; sisters Dorothy Newberry and Carol Pribyl (Wendell); and too many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to count. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Published in the News-Leader on Feb. 4, 2018
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