Donald Warren Einspahr was born March 29, 1928, in Enders, Neb., to Theodore W. and Susie V. (Herbert) Einspahr. Don grew up and attended school in Wauneta before joining the Merchant Marines in 1945. Don served during the end of WWII and the Korean War in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.
Don married Patricia Pearl Duysen on Feb. 3, 1949, in Grant and to this union two children were born, Donald E. and Linda K. The couple first settled in Imperial.
Don entered the service during the Korean War and Pat moved to Wauneta to live with Don’s parents. After his discharge the couple lived in the Denver area where they owned a Skelly Service Station.
The couple then moved to Wauneta, where Don was employed in farming. Later he worked for the Wallace Construction Company in McCook and the McCook Fire Department. Don became the acting fire chief and served for many years.
He was also a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Culbertson.
Don passed away Friday evening, Sept. 15, 2017, at the Hill Crest Nursing Home of McCook. He was 89 years of age.
Survivors include son Donald E. (Sonyha) Einspahr of McCook; daughter Linda K. Einspahr of McCook; four grandchildren: Erica (Jay) Ruzicka of McCook, Courtney (Nolan) Brown of McCook, Cole Einspahr of McCook and Tayler Einspahr of McCook; great-grandson Aiden Ruzicka; sister Beulah Purdy of Wauneta; brother Alvin (Kaye) Einspahr of Enders; and sister Delores (Claude) Cappel of McCook.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, brothers Richard, Wayne, and Robert and sisters Mildred Long and Norma Schultz.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial with Rev. Bruce Lester officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
Visitation will be held before services on starting at 9 a.m.
Online condolences maybe left a liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.