Visitation for Albert “Al” Bagdonas will be held Aug. 28, 2019, 10-11 a.m., in Stumpff Funeral Chapel, Kimberling City, Mo. Funeral services will follow visitation, 11 a.m., at Stumpff Funeral Chapel with Father Joji Vincent officiating. 

Immediately following the funeral, a celebration of life gathering for family and friends will be held at the Elks Lodge #2505, in Kimberling City, Mo. Burial with full military honors will take place Aug. 29, 2019, 10 a.m., at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Mo. Services were under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home, Kimberling City, Mo.

He died Aug. 24, 2019. 

Al was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Chicago, Ill. He served in the Merchant Marines and Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He earned his Bachelors and Masters from Drake University, where he attended on a football scholarship. He was a member of the team that won the Salad Bowl (now known as the Fiesta Bowl), in 1949, and later earned a player of the decade award. 

He retired as a Vice Principal from East High School, in the Des Moines School system, in 1983, and then moved to Kimberling City, Mo., on Table Rock Lake, with his wife, Rhea. Following her death, he remarried Margaret Joan, in 1995. 

He was survived by his daughter, Laura Gallagher (Vincent Budway), Carol Craven and R. Linda Meyerhoeffer (Stoney) and two grandsons. 

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church, in Kimberling City, Mo., the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

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