Donald L. Lawler

Monday, June 28, 2004

DONALD L. LAWLER, 68, of Eagle Rock, Mo., died Sunday, June 20, 2004, in his home.

He was born June 23, 1935, in Bache, Okla., the son of John Wesley and Letha Lavada (Hodges) Lawler. On Aug. 14, 1952, in Modesto, Calif., he was united in marriage to Lois Marie Helton, who survives.

He is also survived by four sons, Donald Lawler, Jr., and his wife, Ratha, of Eureka Springs, Ronald Lawler of Fort Smith, Ark., Harold Lawler and his wife Bobbi of Frostburg, Md., and Lonnie Lawler and his wife Julie of Berryville; three sisters, Sadie Johnson of Long Beach, Calif., Doris Snodgrass of Eagle Rock, and Freeda Graham of Seal Beach, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Brittany, Miranda and Robert.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Liberty "Doc," Jack and Elbert, and one sister, Mary.

Donald was a truck driver with Market Wholesale Grocer for 13 years. He was also a cattle farmer and carpenter. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an accomplished bowler. Donald was very instrumental in fundraising for the Barry County Senior Center in Cassville, where he served four terms on the board as well as serving as historian, second vice president, first vice president and president.

Donald and his family returned to Eagle Rock in 1968, where he built the family home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 23, 2004, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Mo. Burial was in Roach Cemetery, Eagle Rock.

Contributions may be made to Community Hospice, Barry County Senior Center or the American Cancer Society in memory of Donald.