Donald Keith Gaither, of Chapman, formerly of Highland, with family at his side, died Tuesday evening Oct. 15, 2019, at Chapman Valley Manor where he had been a resident since July 2018.
Don was born June 6, 1929, one of three sons born to Clarence and Kathryn Edwards Gaither near White Cloud, Kansas where he attended school and grew up. Don served his country during the Korean Conflict as a U.S. Marine, discharged at the rank of sergeant, in 1954. He had several occupations throughout his life with barbering being his passion. He farmed, served as director of Doniphan County Noxious Weed Dept. with most evenings after ‘work’ were spent cutting hair. In later years, he cut hair in Junction City and being a military town, he did a lot of ‘military style haircuts.’ It was such a passion of his he cut hair up until the age of 84. Don was also in partnership with his son Steven in a trucking business for a number of years.
He married Verda Glee Loroff, Dec. 29, 1952, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at Kansas City. To this union four children were born: Donald Steven, Dalene, Darrin and Dana. They made Highland their home where they raised their family. She died Nov. 19, 1981.
Survivors include a daughter Dalene Heath (Mick) of Helena, MO, three sons: Donald Steven of Elizabeth, CO, Darrin (Marie), and Dana (Marne), both of Chapman; 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Verda Glee, grandson Michael Wayne Gaither, two brothers Arthur and Marvin.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Highland Cemetery, sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, Highland 66035.
PLEASE NOTE: An informal celebration of Don’s life will be held from 6 until 8 Saturday evening, October 19, at Indian Hills Golf Course, 522 Golf Course Road, Chapman.