SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Four days after his death, the body of developer and philanthropist John Q. Hammons was laid to rest on Thursday. It was a private burial in his boyhood hometown of Fairview, near the graves of his parents, James and Hortense.
Also Thursday, his company announced a public event to celebrate Hammons' life, achievements, and legacy will be June 11.
The hotel developer died on Sunday night at age 94. Hammons developed hotels across the country, becoming one of the country's largest private, independent owners.
The hotelier's importance to the Springfield community goes beyond his business. He donated millions of dollars to charitable organizations, hospitals and schools. He also built Hammons Field in downtown Springfield, which led to the move of the St. Louis Cardinals' Class AA franchise here: the Springfield Cardinals.