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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:26 pm

ERIE — Don R. Sailors, 91, a lifelong Erie area resident, died at 11:13 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019, at Diversicare of Chanute. 

He was born Jan. 21, 1928, in Erie to William A. and Hazel (Cummings) Sailors. He grew up on the family farm and attended Oak Grove Country School and Grant Township High School, graduating in 1946. He graduated from Chanute Junior College and attended Kansas State College at Manhattan. 

Don enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1950 and served four years during the Korean War, receiving his discharge in 1954 with the rank of petty officer 3. After the war he returned to the farm and remained there the rest of his life. He was active in county, state and national pork producers associations, especially the Kansas Pork Producers. 

His other activities and memberships included the Stark United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge at Savonburg, the Scottish Rite, Mirza Shrine and in past years the Neosho County Extension.

Don and Shirley Elder were married on May 18, 1956, at Nowata, Oklahoma. She survives of the home.

Other survivors are four children, Thomas C. Sailors of Erie, Lisa Maher (Steve) of Erie, D. Richard Sailors of Erie and Heidi Sailors Steinman (Scott) of Olathe; four grandsons, Trevor Steinman of Boulder, Colorado, Cooper Steinman, of Denver, Colorado, Hayden Maher and Evan Maher, both of Erie.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie. Burial, with military honors, will be at the Fort Scott National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to either the Stark Alumni Association or the Erie American Legion. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 182, Erie, KS, 66733.

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