Walter Vinyard

Monday, July 2, 2007

Walter Earl Vinyard, 84, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape Gir­ar­deau.

He was born Oct. 30, 1922, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Walter L. and Beulah (Holloway) Vinyard. He and Ellen Dean (Hartsell) Vinyard were married Oct. 13, 1943, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She died Sept. 3, 2002.

Vinyard served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He was employed by Rust & Martin Furniture Store in Cape Girardeau as manager for 38 years. He was a Charter member of Cape West Rotary and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International.

Vinyard was a member of First Christian Church. He served as a Life Elder and on various church boards.

He is survived by a son, Phillip Vinyard, and wife Karen, of Clarkson Valley, Mo.; a daughter, Pamela Fraley of Chester, Ill.; three grandchildren, Rebecca Palisch, husband Brent, of Webster Groves, Mo.; Christopher Vinyard, wife Andrea, of Brentwood, Mo.; and Ryan Fraley of Chester, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty O'Connor.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.

Service will be at at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rodger Kiepe officiating. Burial will be at Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church and Missouri Veteran's Home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.