Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Harry “Bo” Eaton

Harry Channon (Bo) Eaton, 92, died February 7th, 2018 in Marco Island, Florida.

Harry Channon "Bo" Eaton | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisHe was born in Quincy, Illinois on December 18th, 1925. The son of Mr. Charles Miller Eaton and Elizabeth Channon Eaton.

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)

Website: www.hansenspear.com

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. To my friends Mike and Tim. My condolences to you and all of your family. I met your Dad later in life and can say without reservation any time I came into contact with him it brightened my day. I will forever remember his warm smile and handshake. I only wish I had had the opportunity to know him better. I knew he was an awesome man but I had no idea just how much he accomplished in his lifetime. I’m truly lucky I was able to know him and the positive energy he bestowed upon me. I have no doubt he will be missed greatly. Michael Schroeder

  2. Dear Eaton family,
    We join the many people who are thankful for the sterling life of Bo Eaton.
    We send our sincere condolences as we honor Bo’s many contributions to Quincy, especially his guidance on the School Board. God’s Blessings.

  3. Boy only had to meet you once and he knew you forever . When I worked at Moormans he would walk through the factory , stop and talk . He always knew your name and wanted to know how your family was doing and what were they doing . A truly genuine sincere man . I am sure he will be missed by so many . You have our deepest sympathy.

  4. My condolence to the Eaton Family. I will miss sharing warm summer afternoons mowing the “back 40”. Bo left everything a little better than he found it. If we all did this, a better world it would be. A gentleman in every way. Farewell, old Friend.

  5. Bo was one of the nice guys at Moormans. Always a smile and a kind word. A consummate professional and mentor to those who would listen. Darlene and I remember several of his and Jan’s visits to California. He was a fun person and a privilege to know. Our sincere condolences to the family.

  6. Over the last thirteen years we have had the pleasure of getting to know “Bo” through the work he did on the CFM Foundation. He had a passion for Quincy and it’s people. Always a gentleman he will be missed in many circles. God bless him and the Eaton family

  7. Bo was a gentleman and always had a smile and a handshake. I met him many years ago with MoorMan’s and he was always professional. In recent years, I enjoyed visiting with him and his interest in our business and our community. He will be missed. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Eaton family at this time.

  8. There are not enough words to describe the impact that Mr. Eaton had on my life. His continued interest in the youth of our community and his driving commitment for excellence in our schools touched my life in many ways and had a great deal to do with us choosing to stay in this community. He always was a guiding force at First Union Congregational Church and I looked forward to his kind words and “probing” questions each week as he would inquire about the health and well-being of our schools. A consummate gentleman, Renaissance and business man, his love and pride for his family and wife were always paramount and a model for us all! The Lord Bless & Keep YOU Always! Thank you Mr. Eaton for being that everything you did for me and Quincy!

  9. Our sincere condolence to the Family of Bo Eaton….what a fabulous person!
    Love and Prayers,
    Mike and Paula Connell

  10. Bo was one of the most positive men I have ever known. He always had an encouraging word for everyone and his laughter and smile lit up the room. He was a trusted and valued friend and member of the First Union Congregational Church. He will be missed. Praying for the entire Eaton family.

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