Donald Douglass Miser, 85, of Newton, died on Saturday (July 21, 2012) at Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Mo.


Donald Douglass Miser, 85, of Newton, died on Saturday (July 21, 2012) at Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Don was born on July 31, 1926, in Arkansas City to G. Otis and Lela (Thompson) Miser. They preceded him in death.
He attended Arkansas City High School and Cowley College in Arkansas City.
After high school graduation in 1944, Don began work as a freight carman apprentice for the Santa Fe Railroad. In 1945, he was drafted into the Army, trained as a medical corpsman, and then assigned to the Army Air Corp. He worked with the Red Cross as a projectionist showing training films at Scott Field Regional Hospital at Belleville, Ill., until his discharge in 1946.
After his discharge as a sergeant, he returned to his work at Santa Fe, holding various positions. In 1969, he was transferred to Newton, where he worked as night train yard foreman and as car repair foreman until his retirement in 1986.
He married Carrol June Coffelt on June 1, 1948, in Arkansas City.  Shortly after celebrating 61 years of marriage, she preceded him in death in 2009.
Don was a member of First Baptist Church in Newton, serving as adult choir member and trustee.  While a member of the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City, he was a youth leader, adult choir member and a member of various boards.
As a lifetime volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Don was an assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, explorer advisor and district training chairman. Don was serving as the district advancement chairman for Pawnee District. He received various scouting awards, including Wood Badge Beads, Scouter’s Training Award, Silver Beaver Award and the District Award of Merit. He was a vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. In March 2012, he received a 70 year veteran scouting award.
He served as a board member of the Newton Salvation Army and of the White Eagle Credit Union, working with both groups for many years.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was noted for his dedication, hard-work and generosity to his church and to various mission and community projects.
Survivors include daughters, Sylvia Riggs and husband, Rex of Arkansas City, Donna Reynolds and husband, Rick of Winfield, and Janice Morris and husband, Gary of Junction City; sister, Joy N. Krug of Chetopa, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by an infant great-granddaughter, Reegan Riggs.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. The family will greet friends and family from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newton.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church and Boy Scouts, in care of the funeral home.