SPRINGFIELD, MO-Iconic hotel developer John Q. Hammons has died at age 94, it was announced by the company bearing his name. Hammons remained active in business until retiring in 2010 at age 91 to Elfindale Manor here, where he died this past Sunday.

Following his service in the military during World War II, Hammons saw returning GIs’ need for housing in which to raise families, and began his real estate career developing single-family homes in Springfield. He moved into the hospitality sector in 1958, joining with Roy E. Winegardner to purchase 10 Holiday Inn franchises from founder Kemmons Wilson.

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