VeteranDavid Moranville

David MoranvilleDavid E. Moranville, 54, of Rushville died May 6, 2009, at his home, after a lengthy bout with Pancreatic Cancer.

He was born July 10, 1954, in Sullivan, Mo., a son of Alto Earl and Ruby Helen French Moranville.

Surviving are two sons, Justin Moranville of Beardstown and Benjamin Moranville (and companion Casey Self) of Frederick; three daughters, Kimberly (and Jason) Smith of Manito, Amanda (and Andrew) Grenlund of Rushville and Halie Moranville of Frederick; his mother, Ruby Moranville of Beardstown; two brothers, Stanley (and Debra) of Beardstown and Eric (and Rene) of Bader; two sisters, Linda (and Robert) Drinkwater of Rushville and Dena (and Kevin) Koch of Ashland; 19 nieces and nephews; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; one son, William; and one granddaughter, Sydney.

He grew up in Beardstown and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1972. He served in the Vietnam War and finished his tour of duty in 1978 receiving numerous commendations and combat awards. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was one of only four Marines to receive the Ace Combat Firing Award for the Red Eye Missile. After participating in the training and use of the Stinger shoulder fire air-defense missile, he received commendation from Marine Headquarters in Washington D.C. and from Department of the Army for his work.

After returning home from the war he began working in the heating, air conditioning and plumbing field, which he continued throughout his life.

He served on Schuyler County Sheriff’s Auxiliary and worked as a dispatcher and jailer at Schuyler County Jail. He served in various capacities with Browning Fire Department as safety and training officer, assistant chief and chief over the past 18 years.

He was a member of Central Christian Church of Browning and attended First Christian Church of Beardstown.

Services were held Saturday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Mark Bledsoe officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery where military rites were accorded. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/13/2009