Colonel Eric Durham U.S. Veteran

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Colonel Eric A. Durham, 90, of Jefferson City, passed away Sunday May 6, 2012, at Capital Region Medical Center. He was born on May 7, 1921, in New York City, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the Texas 36th Infantry Division, seeing action in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He also served in the Korean War and, later, worked in Civil Defense for the Missouri National Guard. After his retirement from the military, he was employed by the State Emergency Management Agency as the Chief Special Planner for earthquake response. Eric graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Journalism. He also worked as an advertising copywriter for print, television and radio, and was a speechwriter for the Governor of Missouri. Eric was an avid sports fan, following his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as his favorite college football teams, the Missouri Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners. An accomplished actor, he performed in numerous Little Theatre and ACTPAC productions as well as local television commercials, radio spots and even in a locally filmed movie. Eric was particularly skilled with accents and dialects. A Francophile, he spoke fluent French and was his daughter's number-one fan at her classical ballet and other dance performances. He was a long-time member of the Unity Church in Jefferson City. Eric is survived by his daughter, Frances B. Durham, and her fiancÈ, Andrew Evans of St. Louis, Mo.; his son and daughter-in-law of Harrisonville, Mo., Richard T. and Joan Hawkins; three grandchildren, April Hawkins, Jennifer Hawkins and Brian Hawkins, of the Kansas City area; two step-grandchildren, Cassie and Andrea Evans of Kansas City, Mo.; his brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Louise Frank; and two nephews, Brian and Steven Frank, and one niece, Randi Rosenstein. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Frances W. Durham. Visitation will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by a service, including full military honors, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday May 10, 2012, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the North Shore Animal League at or in support of wounded warriors at Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St., (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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