Donald William Flageolle was born on September 6, 1931 in Stratton, Colorado, the son of Charles and Amelia (Weiber) Flageolle. He left this world on August 23, 2020 at the age of 88 years and 11 months.
Don and Bonita “Bonnie” Eby became an official couple at a dance in Wray, Colorado, and were united in marriage on November 10, 1951; to this union the 5 D’s were born: Donna, Danny, Doris, Dellene and Duane “Buford.” The family of seven made the move from Colorado to Cabool, Missouri, in August of 1968. Don and Bonnie would have celebrated their 69th anniversary this November.
Don was a devoted Catholic and attended St. Michael Catholic Church in Cabool. He was an accomplished musician; he could play anything with strings and could even play an accordion. He had a beautiful voice. He used his marvelous voice to sing “Happy Birthday” to family; every year he would make “the call” to his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends. Even though the call has been taken, it lives on.
Don was always able to take the edge off of any situation. “Did you go to town or take your lunch?”, “I was better till I got over it” are just a couple of the sayings Don was famous for. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends; he helped anyone who needed it. He was a skilled carpenter and built houses and furniture.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Frank, Albert, Eddie and Joe Flageolle; and two sisters, Dorothy Forester and Vera Hainer.
He leaves behind his wife, Bonnie; five kids, Donna and husband David Sullivan of Cabool, Danny Flageolle and wife Linda of Cabool, Doris Henderson of Helotes, Texas, Dellene and husband Larry Nelson of Springfield, Missouri, and Duane “Buford” Flageolle and wife Debbie of Aurora, Missouri; two brothers, Leonard Flageolle of Georgia and LeRoy Flageolle of Colorado; 15 grandkids, 26 great-grandkids, 66 great-great-grandkids and a host of nieces and nephews. To say he will be missed is an understatement.
The family would like to say a special “thank you” to the Kabul Nursing Home and staff for the wonderful care provided to Don.
Private family Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Cabool. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to St. Michael Church or the Mtn. Grove Right to Life c/o the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.