Bill H. Eaton

Bill H. Eaton, 83, of Lexington, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at the Ray County Memorial Hospital, Richmond.

Mr. Eaton was born July 2, 1923 to Ora and Roxie (Baker) Eaton. He was first married to Nola (Jean) Mason of Camden, on April 23, 1946; she preceded him in death on April 2, 1983. He later married Elizabeth Mallot of Lexington, on March 20, 1995; she survives, of the home.

Mr. Eaton was reared and educated in Orrick and Camden, before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He landed in Normandy, France on D-Day and received numerous medals and awards. He had worked most of his life in bridge construction and was a superintendent for John Massman Construction Company when he retired. He loved fishing and spending time at Truman Lake. He had also lived in Kansas City, Mo. and Warsaw, before moving to Lexington.

Other survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Bruce Wandell of Indianola, Iowa; two grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Ford of El Dorado Springs; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by: three brothers, August, Morris and George Eaton; and five sisters, Wyema, Aileen, Rosalie, Juanita and Lorraine.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bill Eaton Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond.

Burial will be at Richmond Memory Gardens, Richmond, where Military Graveside Services will be conducted by Lexington VFW Post #4052.

Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond is in charge of the arrangements.

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