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Don J. Pershing
22 Oct 1928 - 19 Dec 2010
© Davis Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission

Don J. Pershing, retired school teacher, passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at Grace Living Center where he had been a resident since April 2009.

Don was born on October 22, 1928 to Dr. Alvin and Pauline Perkins Pershing.

He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1947. He then attended Oklahoma State University earning a degree in psychology and physics.

On November 26, 1953 he was united in marriage with Ernestine Cates.

Don enjoyed a rewarding career in teaching which began at Arkansas State University in Monticello, Arkansas. He finished his teaching years in California at San Jose City College and Serra High School where he was named “teacher of the year” several years in succession. Mr. Pershing, affectionately known as “electron Don” was greatly loved and respected by the many students he taught and influenced over the years. After retiring from teaching he authored and had published a book, Key to the Universe.

He was a member of Sunnybrook Christian Church.

He was a loving husband and father. He will be greatly missed.

Don is survived by Ernestine, his wife of 57 years; three nephews, Ronnie, Ricky and Randy Schneider; sisters-in-law, Ann Pershing, Opal Gayhart, Lorene Franklin, Sylvia Meyerdirk and Rosalie Mills; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Jeffery; his parents; a brother, Wayne Pershing; a sister, Yalonda Schneider and a niece, Terria Schneider.

His wife “Ernie” would like to express her gratitude to all of the caring people at Grace Living Center.

Funeral services for Don will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. in the Sunnybrook Christian Church in Stillwater with Paul Anderson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Euchee Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in Cushing.

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