Obituary published Oct. 24, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger
Donald Lee Cleeton, 83 of Mexico, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. He passed away at Boone Hospital Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Centennial Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Atkinson and Rev. Jerry Ostrom officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the church. Burial with full military honors will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Donald was born Dec. 23, 1929 in Mexico, the son of George LeRoy and Ida Viola (Goe) Cleeton. He graduated from Mexico High School with the class of 1947 and began work at A.P. Green before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1949. His numerous assignments over the years included the Philippines, Germany, Thailand and many stateside assignments, including Roswell, New Mexico and Stewart AFB in Newburgh, NY, where he met Jeanette Laue. They married in Middletown, NY on June 2, 1956.
Don's primary duty was aircraft maintenance, where he was a crew and flight chief most of his career. He also had been an Air Force Recruiter in Albany, NY. He retired in 1969 after 21 years of service. He then moved back to Mexico to make a home and worked for the Department of Agriculture for several years.
Donald was a member of Centennial Baptist Church, where he served as an usher. He loved to travel and was an avid bowler and golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette of the home; three sons, Rick of Lakewood, CO, Bruce of Astoria, OR and Brad and wife, Debora of Fairborn, OH; two grandchildren, Whitney Cleeton of Fairborn, OH and Melissa Fuller and husband, Randy of Hot Springs Village, AR; two great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Ashlyn West of Hot Springs Village, AR; four brothers, John W. Cleeton and wife, Darlene of Mexico, Granvil (Ray) and wife, Cheryl of Knoxville, TN, Robert and wife, Shirley of Dover, OH and Gerald and wife, Jessica of Martinsburg, WV; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cleeton was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial donations may be made to Centennial Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. They may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.
Arnold Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.