Harry “Bo” Eaton
Harry Channon (Bo) Eaton, 92, died February 7th, 2018 in Marco Island, Florida.
Bo was a graduate of the Quincy public school system and attended Quincy College for one year before entering the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps in 1943 where he served in the Pacific during WWII. Following WWII he returned to college. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Chemistry from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science Degree in Animal Physiology from the University of Illinois, Bo joined Moorman Manufacturing on February 1, 1952. During his tenure with the company he served as Manager of Regulatory Compliance, Vice President of Research, and Executive Vice President.
Bo’s proudest achievement at work was the establishment of the Moorman Animal Breeding Farm & Physiology Laboratory on south campus at U. of I. with the late Dr. Nalbandor. While serving in regulatory compliance, Bo was on committees representing the feed industry with the Bureau of Veterinary medicine, Food & Drug Administration and the American Association of Feed Control Officials. He was involved and helped develop the FDA Good Manufacturing Practices for Medicated Feeds. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Feed Ingredients Association in 1974 and Award of Merit by the University of Missouri in 1982 for making significant contributions to his profession and agriculture. He served as president of two feed trade associations: the American Feed Industry Association and the National Feed Ingredient Association.
A lifelong resident of the Quincy area, Bo dedicated countless hours to community volunteer activities. He was past member of the Good Samaritan Home Executive Committee, the Advisory Council of Culver-Stockton College and University of Illinois College of Agriculture, President of the Quincy Board of Education,he served on the board of the YMCA, the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Blessing Hospital Board of Trustees, the Adams County United Way, Quincy Society of Fine Arts, Quincy Museum of National History and Art, the Salvation Army, Adams County Mental Health Association, and the First Union Congregational Church. At the time of his death Bo was still actively involved with the CFM Foundation and Blessing Foundation.
Bo had a wonderful career and was a great philanthropist. However, his true “love” was for his wife of 67 years, Georgann Morsell (Jan) Eaton and his family. He left behind three sons that reside in Quincy as well. Harry Channon (Mike) Eaton Jr and wife Peggy, Timothy Castle Eaton and wife Celeste, and Curtis Morsell Eaton. Bo has 10 grandchildren: Laura Eaton Rodgers, Molly Eaton Berggren, Harry Channon (Bo) Eaton III, Jessica Eaton Douglas, Zachary William Eaton, Joshua Timothy Eaton, William Jerald Aubuchon, Tiffany Jean Aubuchon, Molly Griggs and Keresten Bryant. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. His love and guidance to them is legendary. Bo is also survived by his sister, Sally McFarland of Columbus, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.
He will be missed by all. He was a gentleman in everything that he did. His passion for sharing travel with friends and family, his love of golf, puzzles, reading, hunting, fishing, cutting grass on his farm lots on his tractor, spending time on Marco Island, and still opening the car door for his bride at 92. Those are what we will remember about a great man named Bo Eaton!
Services: Bo’s life will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at First Union Congregational Church.
Memorials: Transitions of Western Illinois or the Community Foundation (Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment)
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.