Donald Edward Adams, 77, of Van Buren passed on to be with his Lord on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at a Fayetteville veterans hospital. He was born in Alma to Norman and Irene (Thompson) Adams. Donald honorably served his country in the U.S. Army 552nd Engineering Company and had been deployed to West Germany and Vietnam. After the service he worked for both U.S. Shoe Co. and Allen Canning Co. What brought happiness to Don’s life was his faith, family, friends and a love of the outdoors. He loved to hunt, train hunting dogs and to fish around the Ozark Mountains where he grew up. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his daughter, Debra Reeder and her husband Steve of Springfield, Mo.; one sister, Sue Ross and her husband Earl of Van Buren; three grandchildren, Christina Marie Reeder, Jennifer Nicole Reeder and Michael Stephen Reeder, all of Springfield, Mo.; and two nieces, Marla Sandlin and Karen Fuini.

Graveside service with military honors will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker-Putman Funeral Home of Fort Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

A special thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Fayetteville VA, Dr. David Zolfagheri and the staff at the Maples in Springfield, Mo.

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