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Donald L. Atteberry, age 95, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at his residence.
Don was born on May 7, 1922, in Duenweg, Mo., to the late Edwin Atteberry and Bertha Blackford Atteberry.
He proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II, receiving the World War II Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.
Don married Betty Eaton on Jan. 14, 1949, in Bentonville, Ark. She preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 2006.
He worked as a salesman for over 20 years with Johnson Wax Company, and then later for Brach Candy Company.
Don was the last survivor of the Joplin Junior College basketball team. He loved Mizzou basketball and Saint Louis Cardinals baseball. He was a member of Saint James United Methodist Church, and the Joplin Elks Lodge. Don was a proud survivor of the Joplin tornado, rebuilding his home on the same lot.
Among many talents, cooking was one of Don's greatest passions. He loved to get in the kitchen and whip up party mix, fudge, and his homemade BBQ sauce. He would make it in bulk and pass it out to his family and friends. It not only brought great joy for everyone to receive those treasures, but it made him smile to give a little bit of what he enjoyed most!
In addition to his parents, and his wife of 57 years, Betty, he was preceded in death by three grandsons, Sean Reineke, Matthew Buffalo and Andrew Douglas Buffalo; one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by a son, Curtis Atteberry and wife, Cindy, of Joplin; two daughters, Donna Buffalo of Bernice, Okla., and Beth Reineke, of Joplin; five grandsons, Geoff Buffalo and wife, Kim, of Grove, Okla., Chad Reineke and spouse, Jerry Sappington, of Joplin, Jeremy Buffalo, of Bernice, Michael Burke and wife, Vickie, of Carl Junction, Jerrod Reineke and wife, Sara, of Webb City; two granddaughters, Leslie Rennie and husband, Kyle, of McCune, Kan., and Marissa Atteberry, of Joplin; 10 great-grandchildren, Alysa Petree and husband, Tony, of McCune, Emily Zulu and husband, Dominic, of Miami, Okla., Kenzie Buffalo, of Miami, Ethan Buffalo, of Joplin, Ashley Burke and Emily Burke, of Carl Junction, Grant Goltra, Claire Reineke and Brooke Reineke, all of Webb City, and Madeleine Buffalo, Miami; and two great-great-granddaughters, Emma Rios and Rheagen Petree.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on February 24, 2018
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