Donald R. Cade, was born October 28, 1919, in Willamsburg, Kansas. His parents were Craton Murphy and Belle Irene Cade. Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Eunice, brothers Glenn, and Harold, and daughter Deborah Ellen Cade.
Don, graduated from Willamsburg High School in 1939. He attended aircraft woodworking school in Topeka and Wichita, before going to work at an aircraft plant. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and spent several years aboard the Battleship USS Texas in the invasion of North Africa and Italy during World War II. He was assigned to the RPIO (Register Publish Issued Office) in Oran, Africa, where he worked with Top Secret material for the ships coded communications. He was honorably discharged in February, 1946.
Don graduated Kansas State University in 1949. He was a high school industrial arts teacher in Reading, Allen, Americus, and Leavenworth, Kansas. He was a coach and assistant coach in basketball and football. He officiated basketball for 25 years and football for 35 years. He retired as counselor at West Junior High. He was a member of Leavenworth Area Retired Teachers.
On July 9, 1950 he married Miriam Phyllis Dunbar from Richmond, Kansas. Don and Miriam celebrated 63 years of marriage in July. They were both long time members of The First United Methodist Church, active with the Heritage Senior Center and K-State Catbackers.
They are the proud parents of Norman, Donna, Lynn (Gambrell), and Diane (Carnoali) and nine grandchildren: Tammy, Jennifer (Burns), Adam Cade, Joshua, Taylor, Jordan Gambrell, Nicholas, Chelsea, Sophie Carnoali, and ten great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday January 1, 2014 from 4-6 p.m., at Davis Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be Thursday January 2, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at The First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth, Kan.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations be made to:
In Honor of Donald R. Cade, Battleship Texas Foundation ,One Riverway, Ste. 2200 Houston, TX. 77056. Condolences may be sent to www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com