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  • Donald Alvin Close

  • Donald Alvin Close 81, of Pittsburg, KS died June 9, 2013 at his home following an illness.

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  • Donald Alvin Close 81, of Pittsburg, KS died June 9, 2013 at his home following an illness.  
    Donald was born September 15, 1931 in Pittsburg, KS the son of Virgil and Clara (Berry) Close.  Donald was a graduate of Pittsburg High School in 1950 and a later Pittsburg State University graduate in 1959.  Donald served his country in the United States Navy from 1951-1955.  During his time in the Navy he met the love of his life Melva Jeanne Opie and they were married in 1952; she survives at the home.  
    Donald was a member of the Pittsburg Masonic Lodge, Mirza Shrine Temple, Pittsburg Board of Realtors, was an avid golfer and almost played daily at the Four Oaks Golf Coarse in Pittsburg, KS.  Donald’s career began as an actuary for the Census Bureau and later became the personnel manager at Foodtown Grocery Store.  He later worked at the Parsons Ammunition Plant where he served as head of personnel; following his work at the ammunition plant he joined Jim Bishop Coldwell Banker Realtors where he sold homes in the Pittsburg area from 1971-2007.  
    Survivors include his wife, son Michael N. Close of Junction City, KS; nephew David F. Close of Frontenac, KS; a niece Marianne Kerr and husband Ron of Shawnee, KS; and many other great-nieces, nephews and cousins.  Donald was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and several aunts and uncles.  
    Memorial services will be 10am Wednesday June 19, 2013 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg, KS with Pastor Don Talent officiating.  Burial will be private at the Highland Park Cemetery in Pittsburg, KS.  In lieu of flowers the family ask expressions of sympathy be in form of memorials to the PSU Alumni Center.  Friends may drop off or mail memorials to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762.  E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.  Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.
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