Donald C. Hecht, 88, of Auxvasse, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Mexico. He was born on July 10, 1923, in St. Louis, the son of the late August Hecht and Olive (Neville) Hecht. Donald was a farmer for many years in Auxvasse. Prior to farming, Donald was a bomber pilot in World War II Air Corps. He was a first lieutenant and earned the distinguished flying cross along with four air medals. Donald will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by one niece, Karen Sommer of California, and one nephew, Bill Hecht of California. Donald's wishes were to be cremated. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Veteran's Home - Mexico, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Blvd., Fulton, MO 65251. Online condolences may be shared at www.MaupinFu neralHome.com.