The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 8, 2012

William Magoon


William Albert Bud Magoon was born Oct. 18, 1921, in Carl Junction, Mo., the only son of Oscar C. and T. Beulah (Appleman) Magoon. He graduated with the Carl Junction High School class of 1938. He attained a Defense Training Certificate in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Rolla, Mo. This led to his acceptance of a position with the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, Calif., in the Tooling Division.  

He married Geneva Ward, of Carl Junction, on May 31, 1942, in Santa Monica. She preceded him in death in 1989.

He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Buddy; and a sister, Alice (Magoon) Smith.

Bud enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. He attended various service schools and was assigned to COMAIRPAC, Transportation in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. Following his discharge from World War II, he joined the Naval Air Transport Service Organized Reserve. With 19 days remaining on his four year enlistment, he was recalled to active duty with Patrol Squadron 772 in the Korean Theatre of Operations. He returned to his duties at Douglas Aircraft in 1951.

Bud was a charter member, life member and past Post Commander of Santa Monica Post No. 3802, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a charter member and life member of Chapter No. 153, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, certified in the field of material forming. He held various leadership positions in both of these organizations.

He was a member of New Life Fellowship Church, Culver City, Calif., for many years and saw long time service on the church council and as church treasurer.  

He retired from the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company after 42 years of service as a manufacturing engineer senior and supervisor of the tool design master layout department.  

He moved to Loma Linda, Mo. In 1997.

Bud is survived by a sister, Suzanne McGarrah, Joplin; children, Robyn A. (Santos) Garcia, Beaumont, Calif., William B. (Nicole) Magoon, Hawthorne, Calif., and Elisabeth S. (Tom) Parr, Loma Linda; three grandchildren, Anthony Garcia, Sarah (Matt) Bergeson and Jennifer Parr; and four great-grandchildren, Caleb, Amber, James and Julia, all of who were the light of his life.  

Memorial services will be held in California at a later date.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.

Online condolences may be made at

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