- Published: 23 July 2014
Donald Everett Vanderford, son of Everett Vanderford and Nora (Gibson) Vanderford was born on October 19, 1932 in Billings, Montana. He was one of three children born to this union. He was raised in Auburn, Nebraska. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army. After a successful career in the Army, Don earned the rank of Lt. Col. While in the service he attended various colleges earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology. In 1971, he retired from the service. Don then worked as a customs agent for the U.S. government, and started to work towards earning his Masters Degree. He and his wife returned home to Auburn. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his health would no longer allow. Don retired from three careers throughout his life. Don was a charter member of the Wallace Hughston Masonic Lodge #1393 in El Paso, Texas; a member of Scottish Rite, V.F.W., Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society) and a member of Kiwanis Club. He was united in marriage to Janice Wallace on November 10, 1956 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. To this marriage four children were born. Together they were married for 57 years, eight months and two days Due to much suffering, the loss of two of his children and failing health, Donald entered the Ambassador Care Facility in Lincoln, Neb. It is there that on Saturday, July 12, 2014 Don passed away at age 81. Don was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters: Stephanie Lynn Held and Karina Vanderford, and his favorite uncle Sterling Vanderford. He is survived by his wife Janice of Auburn; children Katherine Shinn, and David Vanderford; four grandchildren Amanda Vanderford, Stephen Vanderford, Sean Held and Kara Held; brother Tom (Rose) Vanderford of Raymore, Missouri, andtheir children Dr. John Vanderford, Tom Vanderford and Lisa Vanderford; sister Gladys (Herb) King of Green Bay, Wisconsin and their daughter Michelle and granddaughter Ella; aunts Mildred Vanderford of Auburn and her daughter Sue Hodges of Julian, Neb.; and Mary Alice Mullins of Beatrice, Neb.; cousin Marlene Mullens of Lincoln; other relatives and friends. Per Don’s request private services were held Thursday July 17 at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Burial followed the service at the London Cemetery, northeast of Auburn. Military rites were provided by the National Guard Honor Guard andAmerican Legion Post #23. Masonic services were provided by Nemaha Valley Lodge #4. Services were entrusted to Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn.