Donald Robert McLeod, 94, of Nixa, Mo., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Springfield, Mo. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Heefner Derflinger McLeod; children, Linda Lake, Bonnie Joyce and Donna Gonzalez; sisters, Dorothy Newberry and Carol Pribyl; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Olga McLeod; sister, Mary Ellen Stone; wife, Hilda Allender McLeod (deceased 1984); stepson, Jon Derflinger; and stepdaughter, Jane McKie.
Donald 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.