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Donald Eugene Stacy, 86, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 20, 2015 following an extended illness. He leaves his wife of 30 years, Dorothy (Henson Peck) Stacy, his daughter and son-in-law, John and Gail Klein of Atlanta; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Rhonda Stacy of San Antonio; grandchildren, Laura Klein Campbell, Kelley Klein Warf, Rachelle Stacy Hall, Andrea Stacy Kottwitz, and Collin Stacy; great-grandchildren, Callie, Charli, and Jase Kottwitz; brother and sister-in-law Roger and Betsy Stacy; and sister-in-law Jean Stacy. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Ann Farley Stacy; his parents A.H. and Tressie Stacy; and brothers, A.C. Stacy and Gatha Stacy. Born in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, Don enjoyed a happy childhood growing up “on the hill” with his three brothers. He attended a one-room country schoolhouse, where he learned “orthography” and became an outstanding speller. Basketball was his year-round passion in high school, practicing all year long and playing on the team during the season. In the summers, he worked outdoors at the local fluorspar mine where his father was a foreman and later owner. Along with his father, uncles, and brothers, he loved music. He quickly learned to play popular tunes on the piano and taught himself to play the harmonica and ukulele. He enjoyed music throughout his life, dancing to the great sounds of the big band era, and listening to Christian music and pop symphonies like the Boston Pops. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, completing his bachelor’s degree in business from Bowling Green College of Commerce (later Western Kentucky University). He married his college sweetheart, Margaret Ann Farley, in 1952. Upon graduation later that year, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, proudly serving for four years, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. After serving in the Air Force, Mr. Stacy returned to Illinois where he joined the Ozark Mahoning Company (later Pennwalt) as an accountant. His thirty year career with the company brought new roles as a Plant Manager and moves to Wilmington, Delaware, Los Fresnos, Texas, and Paducah, Kentucky. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, always present at every band concert, ball game, or recital. Family always came first. He was also his family’s behind-the-scenes prayer warrior, praying daily for them throughout his life. In 1985, Donald married Dorothy (Henson) Peck. He enjoyed their many active winters in Estero, Florida, playing tennis into his eighties. He also enjoyed travel with friends, especially a seven-week driving trip throughout the West. He was active in the Lone Oak First Baptist church, serving as a deacon, singing in the choir, and participating in men’s Bible study. Don enjoyed life and took time to relish the moments. He appreciated a pretty day, clean car, good shoeshine, entertaining TV show, pretty music, or an afternoon nap. He savored a steak at Outback or an everyday home cooked meal. And he never passed up a good dessert. One of the comments on Don’s attributes that has been made by so many people over the years is, “Don Stacy is one fine gentleman and is so very thoughtful of others.” We sure all think the same, and he will be missed immensely. Visitation will be held Saturday January 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CST, followed by a Memorial Service to celebrate his life, starting at 4 p.m. These proceedings will be held at the Milner and Orr Funeral Home (3745 Old US Highway 45 South, Paducah, KY) across from Lone Oak First Baptist Church. Contributions in memory of Don Stacy may be made to the Lone Oak First Baptist Church (3601 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42001) or The Salvation Army.