COLUMBIA — Ernest Falloon will be remembered for his love of volunteering.
With his wife, Mr. Falloon tried to help in any way he could. If there was ever a time when he was not sure if he could volunteer, his wife would say, "Come on, Ernie. You're too young not to!" This would always encourage him to go for it.
Ernest Falloon of Columbia died Friday, July 27, 2012. He was 87.
Mr. Falloon was born Nov. 6, 1924, in Crawford County, to Walter and Grace (Hardesty) Falloon.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 1943. On May 27, 1951, he married Norma Wade.
A personality trait that shone through for Mr. Falloon was his compassion.
"If it was someone who just met him or someone he'd know for a long time, people always commented on his kindness and gentleness," his daughter, Sandy Falloon, said.
Retirement brought more free time to help others and volunteer for such organizations as the University Hospital, Meals on Wheels, the Show-Me State Games and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Although he was dedicated to contributing to the community, he never did it for recognition.
"He was not flamboyant and didn't seek the spotlight," his daughter said.
Mr. Falloon also loved to travel, and he and his wife traveled to 49 states and to every continent except for Antarctica. In May, he flew to Washington, D.C. to be part of the 18th Central Missouri Honor Flight.
Mr. Falloon is survived by his daughter, Sandy Falloon; a sister, Doris Condra and her husband, Herb; a brother, Louis Falloon and his wife Dona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His brothers, John Falloon and Ray Falloon; three sisters, Ellen Falloon Ring, Lola Falloon and Reeta Falloon Schramm; and his wife, Norma, died earlier.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65201; Hospice Advantage, 1504 E. Broadway, suite 219, Columbia, MO 65201; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.