Donald Lee Bybee, 88, was born on March 26, 1928, in El Dorado Springs to William Arthur and Neoma (Combs) Bybee. Don passed away on Aug. 22, 2016, at his home.
He grew up in the El Dorado Springs area. He served three years in the Army during the Korean Conflict as a First Sergeant and then returned to El Dorado Springs.
In May of 1956, he met the love of his life, Polly Allison, and they were married six months later. This union was blessed with two sons, Delbert Lee and Timothy Scott Bybee.
Don led a very ambitious life. The highlight of his life was his family and he prayed daily for each and every one of them.
He was always eager to help others in need. He volunteered including El Dorado Auxiliary Police, volunteer fireman and several years in the National Guard.
At age 21 he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior and later served as a Deacon of the First Baptist Church and was active in the Gideons for many years.
Don was employed at Witt Printing for 37 years before retiring at age 65.
He built three new homes and remodeled numerous rental homes.
Don was preceded in death by his brothers, Bill and Paul Bybee, and a step-brother, Charles Spicer.
He is survived by his wife of what would have been 60 years in November, Polly, of the home; sons, Delbert and wife, Laurie – Schell City and Tim – El Dorado Springs; three grandchildren – Timmy and wife, Erica, Steve and Bailee; three great -grandchildren, Emily, Blake and Brooke; one sister, Betty Friar; two brothers-in-law, Gary Allison and Herb Daniel; special friend, Dorothy Kenimer, and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services were held Friday, Aug. 26, in Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with Frank Haynes and Rev. Ron Marsh officiating. Musicwas “Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere,” “Life’s Railway To Heaven” and “I’ll Meet You On The Other Side Of Jordan.” Caskeetbearers were Joe Swopes, Gary Allison, Timmy Bybee, John Detwiler, Steve Bybee and Greg Callaghan. Honorary casketbearers were Blake Bybee, Dalton Bailey and Kevin Reed. Military honors were provided by Spicer – Grimsley Post 257 US Army Honor Guard.
Interment was in Clintonville Cemetery, El Dorado Springs.