Donald Coursen

Donald T. Coursen, Sr., 82, of Willow Springs, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on November 9, 2020.  He went peacefully in his sleep.  
Don was born on September 24, 1938 to Wallace M. Coursen, Jr. and Mary (Sheen) Coursen in East Orange, New Jersey.  After graduating from Montclair Academy in 1957, he went on to study Physical Education at the College of William and Mary.  He completed his master’s degree in Guidance Counseling at Seton Hall University.  Over the course of his career, he held many teaching positions ranging from fifth grade to driver’s education.  He also coached baseball and weightlifting.  
Don met Kristin Thompson while they were in college and were married in 1961. They had two sons, Topper and Ken.  In 1971, Don gave his heart to the Lord while watching Billy Graham on T.V.   He was committed to the Lord and to his family.  He worked hard to provide for his family and to live life with them.  As his family grew to include grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he regularly prayed for them all, and was always ready to provide encouragement and spend quality time with them.  He loved nature and music and often could be found listening to his favorite recordings or playing the piano.  
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Mary Coursen. 
He is survived by his wife, Kristin; son, Topper and wife, Melissa; grandsons, Jonathan, Benjamin and Jedidiah; son, Ken and wife, Carey; grandson, Andrew and wife, Audri; great-grandsons, Josiah, Michael and Isaac; grandsons, Brandon, Samuel and wife, Gaby; granddaughter, Irina Smith and husband, Carson; great-grandsons, Callen and Lukas; granddaughter, Elena Hober; and great-grandchildren, Elliana and Tytus.    He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Anne Doty, Robert Coursen and Betsy Ways; and many nephews, nieces, and their children. 
We love and miss him very much.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs, Missouri.  Condolences may be expressed at

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