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Donald Paul Pirwitz, 81 of Springfield, passed away peacefully at his home on June 12, 2022, with his family by his side.

While in high school Don met the love of his life, Sharon (Tindal). Upon his graduation, Don enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving much of his enlistment in South Korea (1959-1962). Following his military service, Don began what would become a long and illustrious career in country music radio broadcasting, working at stations in Canandaigua (NY), Rochester (NY), and Philadelphia, before ultimately landing in Springfield at KTTS in 1972. Don would spend the next 27 years working as a Radio Host, Program Manager, and ultimately the Corporation Program Director for Great Empire Broadcasting.

Don achieved a great deal of professional success over the course of his career in radio, but it will be his role as a loving and affectionate husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather that he will be remembered by those who loved him most.

Don is survived by his wife of 60 years Sharon, his son Karl Pirwitz (Shauna) and daughters Karin Gardner-Brown and Kristen Pirwitz Williamson, his seven grandchildren, Becca Karner (Isaac), Tamara Myers (Hunter), Zachary Pirwitz (Kalyn), Michael Gardner-Brown, Lucy King (Gardner-Brown), Piper Williamson and Nico Williamson, his six great-grandchildren, Rowen Pirwitz, Raef Pirwitz, Rollo Pirwitz, Liam Karner, Ilena Karner, and Hazel Karner, as well as his brother, Bob Pirwitz and family members Nancy Pirwitz and Sean Williamson.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at 12:00 PM in Missouri Veterans Cemetery.