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Don Fithian passed away on May 6, 2017, while in the process of moving from Beaumont, Calif., to Springdale, Ark. He was born in Joplin, Mo., on Feb. 8, 1931, and moved to California in 1961.
While in California he founded a structural steel company, Columbia Steel, in Rialto, Calif. He served on the board of Mexican Medical, a Christian medical organization, as a volunteer pilot; and served one year as president of the National Orange Show, in San Bernardino, Calif. He was a member of the fellowship In The Pass Church, in Beaumont.
Don is survived by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Sheffler Fithian; one son, Gary and wife, Joanne, of Fayetteville, Ark.; two grandchildren, Trevor Fithian, of Beaverton, Ore., and Tamara Gressley, of Payson, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren, Toby, Dillon, Braylynn and Brody; one sister, Virginia Melton and husband, Gene, of Joplin; and three brothers, Bill Fithian, Bob Fithian and wife, Joy, all of Rogers, Ark., and Harold Fithian and wife, Reva, of Norman, Okla. He was preceded in death by a son, Alan Fithian, and a daughter, Shirley Fithian.
Shirley and Don will be placed together at Osborne Memorial Cemetery, in Joplin.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 2, at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home, 2230 North Thompson, Springdale, Ark., with refreshments beginning at 9 a.m. and service to begin at 10 a.m. Rev. Bill Peters and Pastor Kevin Melton will officiate the service. Burial will follow that day at 2 p.m. at the Osborne Memorial Cemetery, 33rd and McClelland Boulevard, in Joplin.
To sign the online guest book please visit: www.backstrom-pyeatte.com
Published on May 28, 2017
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