We Live in Hearts We Leave Behind~Thomas Campbell

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Joseph Donald McNew

Joseph Donald "Don" McNew, 94, of Perryville, MO died June 3, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.

He was born on December 2, 1918 in Perryville, MO the only child of the late Albert O. and Emma J. (Killian) McNew. He and Viola Holke were married on April 24, 1941. She survives in Perryville.

Mr. McNew graduated from Perryville High School in 1936 and began his working career as a Service Station Attendant for Killian Brothers Oil Company until 1939 when he was employed by the International Shoe Company as a shoe-cutter and remained there for twenty-five years until 1964 when he ran for and was elected for a two-year term as City Collector for the City of Perryville. He was re-elected to the office nine more times compiling a span of twenty years retiring from the office in April 1984. Having retired from the city hall, he assumed duties as a Maintenance person and grounds-keeper at the Home Cemetery in Perryville until 1998 when failing health forced him to resign once more. In addition to his regular duties, he and his wife, for a period of over twenty-five years, found time to volunteer hundreds and hundreds of hours assisting the kitchen staff at the American Legion Hall when weddings, anniversaries or other civic celebrations were being served. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, American Legion Booster Club, having served as their Secretary for twenty-seven years, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Home Cemetery Association serving as Secretary-Treasurer for over twenty-five years and a member of Twin Lakes Club for twenty-seven years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include two daughters; Donna (Mike) Thompson of Palatine, IL, Doris Cathy (Bruce) Leppert of Indianapolis, IN, and one granddaughter; Lauren Boland of Indianapolis, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 8 at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 11:00 am with Rev. Matthew Marks officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of Service at 11:00 am. Burial in the Home cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Immanuel Lutheran School Building Fund or the Home Cemetery or your own choice.

Young & Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Perryville, MO provided the arrangements.