Skip to content




John Aaron Macomber, age 80, of rural Luray, MO, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, in Scotland Co. Hospital in Memphis, MO.


Aaron was born August 30, 1939, in Queen City, MO, one of eleven children born to John and Naza Flick Macomber.


Aaron graduated from Kahoka High School in 1958.  He joined the U. S. Navy where he was a signalman on the USS Tom Green County LST, mostly in the Japan area.  He was discharged after 4 years in January, 1963.


On May 22, 1966, he was united in marriage to Gloria Wills at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka by Rev. Dohm.


Survivors include his wife, Gloria, of Luray; one son, Sean Macomber of Luray; a daughter, Kellie (Patrick) Carmichael of Prescott Valley, AZ; two grandchildren, Meghan and Andrea Carmichael; two brothers, Ted (Mary) Macomber of Webster, FL, Richard (Kathy) Macomber of Waterloo, IA; two sisters, Kay (Don) Sidwell of Queen City, MO, and Leora Owens of Eureka, CA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Dorothy Macomber of Waterloo, IA, Helen Macomber of Kahoka, MO, Cindy Wills and her husband, Bill Overhulser of Ashland, MO, George “Skip” (Patty Jo) Wills of Ashland, MO, and John (Theresa) Wills of Lenexa, KS; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his foster parents, Charles and Bernice Milligan; and siblings, Bill, Peter, and Baxter Macomber, Lonnie Elam, Minnie Neuenkirk,  Nola Jennings, and Mary Etta Fetter.


Aaron retired from Wabash (formerly Fruehauf) in 2001.   He was an active member of Kahoka Chapter # 40, O.E.S. and LaBelle Chapter # 316, O.E.S. and of St. Francisville Lodge # 588, A.F. & A.M.  He had traveled to grand chapter several times and visited many other Star Chapters and enjoyed the fellowship there.  He was described by his Masonic/Eastern Star brothers as a kind, simple and humble man until he would get involved in a game of pitch!


He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka.  Aaron loved bird watching, mowing and camping all over the United States.  He also loved to read and watch westerns on TV.


Memorial services together with Eastern Star and Masonic Services and Military Rites will be held at a later date at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.


Memorials may be made to Kahoka Chapter # 40, O.E.S. for its charity “Champ Dogs” which supplies service dogs to those in need.


On-line condolences may be expressed at

Acknowledgement of Military Service

  The members of the United States Navy, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars hereby acknowledge that John Aaron Macomber served our country for three years and five months, in the United States Navy.

He served as a Signalman abroad the USS Tom Green County LST (Landing Ship Tank) 1159, a Terrebonne Parish-class LST.  He attained the rank of Seaman (SMSN [E-31]).

He was awarded and authorized to wear the following decorations:

Navy Good Conduct Medal

He enlisted 2 February 1959, received an honorable discharge 29 January 1963 and returned to Kahoka, Missouri.  He served the United States Navy Reserves until February 1965.

The ship has been darkened, and the bell mournfully tolls for our shipmate who joined the staff of the supreme commander 21 January 2020.  During his final assignment we wish him fair winds and following seas.