DELTA -- Earl A. Eakins, 85, died at 1:49 p.m. June 1, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Jan. 26, 1920, in Allenville, son of the late Robert and Louise Diamond Eakins, he was a self-employed farmer and ranger. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a Purple Heart recipient. He was also a member of the National Order of Trench Rats-Kansas City, a national officer for Cape County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 16, an honorary recruiter for the U.S. Air Force, an officer of the Cape County Civil Air Patrol and a member of Chaffee VFW Post 3127 and Chaffee American Legion Post 389.
On Nov. 28, 1938, he married Oma Louise Bullinger who preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2001.
Survivors include: two daughters, Martha L. Blumenberg of Whitewater and Brenda J. Eakins of Delta; one sister, Ruby Mabrey of Chaffee; three grandchildren, Timothy A. Jones of Fenton, Deborah R. Lagrand of Chaffee and Jessica L. Kinder of Escondido, Calif.; and one great-granddaughter, Evelyn S. Kinder of Escondido.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Leslie Eakins; two brothers, Cletus Eakins and Wallace Eakins; and four sisters, Leotta Macke, Myrtle Germain, Rosemary Hitt and an infant sister.
Visitation begins at 4 p.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Randy Morse will officiate.
Chaffee VFW Post 3127 will conduct graveside military rites at Morgan Memorial Park in Advance, with full military honors presented by the Missouri Military Funeral Honors Program.