MARGARET ELAINE HALEY
Margaret Elaine Haley, daughter of the late Frank and Johanna (Blatnick) Dynes, was born on April 5, 1947 in St. Joseph, Missouri and departed this life on March 3, 2017 in Bolivar, Missouri. At the time of her passing she was 69 years, 10 months and 29 days of age.
Margaret was reared and attended school in Pueblo, Colorado. She then moved to Excelsior Springs with the job corps. She was united in marriage to William Haley on August 5, 1977. Together they moved to Portland, Oregon for 25 years, then Camus, Washington for 6 years and then they moved to Missouri in the mid 90’s. She worked as a seamstress for Jantzen Swimwear for many years. She then went to work as a seamstress for another company where she made golf bags, gym bags, body bags, etc. While in Missouri she did upholstery for boat seats at Bridgeport Marina in Osage Beach. She loved to partake in arts & crafts, painting, puzzles, cross-stitch, embroidery, and anything with her hands. She was a caregiver for Betty Bisbee. She was a member of the Catholic Faith.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Bill Haley of the home; her son, Billy Joe & his wife Betty of Eldon, Missouri; three sisters, Betty, Carol and Sharon; one brother, Jerry; and her grandchild, Sara Haley. She also leaves behind many friends and family who will all truly miss her.
Cremation rites were accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
OLLIA MAE HARRIS
Ollia Mae Harris, daughter of the late Fred and Goldie (Mitchell) Dickey, was born on February 21, 1938 in Urbana, Missouri and departed this life on March 6, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. At the time of her passing she was 79 years, and 15 days of age.
Ollia was reared in Urbana and attended school at Tunas. She was a homemaker and raised her children. After her husband Willard passed away, she then went to school to be a Registered Nursing Assistant in Kansas City. She then worked at Blue Springs Medical Center where she retired from. After her retirement she volunteered for Cancer Action in Independence. She loved to crochet and make quilts.
Ollia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Harris; her three daughters, Pamela Harris, Karen Harris and Donna Harris; and her five brothers, Calvin, Glen, Ben, Floyd, and Billy Ray. She is survived by her son Edward Harris & Terri Martin; her four daughters, Jennifer Harris & Bub Driscoll Jr., Teresa Harris & Larry Trenary, Cheryl Williamson and Letha Harris; one sister-in-law, Mary Dickey; her two sisters, Nina Hayhurst and Gladys Bauesacks; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She also leaves many friends and family who will all truly miss her.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana with Rev. Richard Prater officiating. Escorts will be Floyd Williamson Jr., James Robertson, Bub Driscoll Jr., Eric Williamson and Edward Harris. Visitation will be from 11:00-12:00 prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Star Ridge cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made out to the Ollia Harris Memorial Fund and left with the funeral home.
CLARICE JOSEPHINE HUFFMAN
Clarice Josephine (Beale) Huffman was born on March 21, 1909 near Erie, KS and departed this life on March 8, 2017 at the Colonial Springs Care Center in Buffalo, MO. At the time of her passing she was 107 years, 11 months and 16 days of age. Clarice was a woman of strong faith and has joined her precious Savior as she left this world and entered her eternal paradise.
Clarice lived in Eastern Kansas on a farm near Chanute, KS and later lived in Thayer, KS. Her family moved to Cherryvale, KS where she graduated from high school in 1928. In 1931 she moved, with her parents, to Burdett, KS where they operated the only hotel in town for several years. In 1935 Clarice moved to Branson, MO, where she operated a café till 1937. On December 17, 1936 she was united in marriage to Roy "Polk" Huffman of Burdett, KS, who had followed her to Branson. Roy and Clarice owned and operated a service station and gift shop on old highway 66 and later on I-44 two miles east of Strafford. They then operated a dime store in Seymour for two years, before moving back to I-44. Returning to I-44 Roy and Clarice built at new store that they operated for twenty years. In 1965 they purchased their final location on Highway 65 near Louisburg, MO. They operated Huffman’s Gift and Souvenir Shop for 23 years. She was a member of the Louisburg First Baptist Church.
Clarice was an accomplished piano musician. She could play anything including boogie woogie, jazz, classical, and all of the hymns found in a hymn book. In later years her eyesight failed, but she continued to play by ear, always adding her own little touch to each song that she played. Clarice's musical talent brought others much joy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents, Carrie and Jess (Moody) Beale and her brother, Roy Beale. She is survived by her nephew, Dan Huffman; her niece, Judi (Huffman) Timken; and several cousins, including special cousin Audrey Barrett and sister-in-law, Pat Huffman. She also leaves many friends and family who will all miss her dearly.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Don Baker and Bro. Loren Dryer officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be held in Memorial Gardens of Memory under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made out to the humane society and left with the funeral home
DYLAN RAY HEDGEPATH
Dylan Ray Hedgepath, son of Terry Hedgepath & Carla Barker, was born on November 14, 1999 in Blue Springs, MO, and departed this life on March 11, 2017 in Louisburg, MO. At the time of his passing he was 17 years, 3 months, and 26 days of age.
Dylan was raised in Pittsburg and Urbana, MO, and attended Skyline High School. He loved playing football and putting on his suit and participating in FBLA. He was everyone’s friend, and was smart and funny, and full of life. He loved the guys on his team, hanging out with his friends, fishing with Bobby and Tommy, and riding the dirt roads with his trusty sidekick and little brother, Wyatt. He also enjoyed riding in the Wal-Mart truck with his dad, reading the map for him and monitoring the weather. Hunting and riding four wheelers were other favorite activities. He had recently made the decision to serve his country by signing up for the National Guard. Dylan was like a cruise director, always making sure everyone was having fun and enjoying life. He fit a lot of living into 17 years.
Dylan was preceded in death by one brother, Ryan Gifford; maternal grandfather, Carl Barker; and paternal grandfather, Dwayne Hedgepath. He is survived by his parents, Terry Hedgepath of Pittsburg, MO and Carla Barker and Danny Thomas of Urbana, MO; five brothers, Christopher & wife Amy Gifford of Independence, MO, Wyatt Hedgepath of Urbana, MO, Roger Hedgepath of Sleeper, MO, Richard & wife Pamela Hedgepath of Kansas City, MO, and Robert & wife Rebekah Hedgepath of St. Robert, MO; one sister, Elizabeth Gifford of Independence, MO; paternal grandmother, Barbara Hedgepath of Buffalo, MO; maternal grandmother, Grace Cella of Blue Springs, MO, maternal grandmother, Penny Barker of Clinton, MO; paternal great-grandmother, Thelma Doty of Buffalo MO; and his black lab, Athena who he rescued and raised. He also leaves other family members and many friends who will all truly miss him.
KENNETH WILSON BUTLER
Kenneth Wilson Butler, 86, formerly of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Buffalo Prairie Care Center in Buffalo, Missouri.
Kenneth was born March 10, 1930 in Mexico, Missouri, the youngest son of Everett and Enid (McKelvey) Butler.
Kenneth proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War specializing in radio and airplane repair. He was well known at his base for his particular talent adjusting the timing on "prop" engines used before the Air Force transitioned primarily to jet aircraft.
Kenneth graduated from Mexico High School and spent a large part of his adult life in Springfield, but worked and lived around the country. He was proficient in construction, electronics, auto repair, plumbing, electrical and mechanical work and other trade crafts, one of the last of his kind affectionately referred to as a "jack-of-all-trades". He particularly enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles and owned and operated Springfield Indian and Springfield Suzuki motorcycle businesses in the early 1970's.
He is survived by four children - Brent Butler (Maggie) of Lohman, Missouri, Adam Butler (wife Jennifer) of Olathe, Kansas, Craig Butler of Dallas, Texas and Alice Butler of Springfield, Missouri; his brother Don Butler of Richland, Washington; four grandchildren Eric, Emily, Ethan and Julia of Olathe, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Bob and Eugene and his infant daughter Margaret.
Per his wishes, Kenneth chose to be cremated; an honors ceremony and interment will be held Friday March 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 South Southwood in Springfield, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to assist aging veterans are suggested to DAV Chapter 62, 1100 N. Maple, Buffalo, Missouri 65622.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Cantlon Otterness Funeral Homes of Buffalo.
PATTY JEAN ORRELL
Patty Jean Orrell was born on January 12, 1928 and changed her address to Heaven on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the age of 89 at CMH Care Facility, in Bolivar, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, as well as her husband, Floyd Orrell and two sons, Ron and Daryl Orrell.
She is survived by a son, Tom Orrell, and grandsons Jeff Orrell and wife Felicia of Solon, Ohio, Dan Orrell of Yucaipa, California, Erik Orrell of Lancaster, California, and a grand daughter, Stephanie Orrell-Campbell of Buffalo, MO. She is also survived by a great-granddaughter, Madeleine Orrell.
A graveside service will be held at Pleasant Ridge Cemetary in Urbana, Missouri at 2pm on Friday, March 17, 2017 under the direction of Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Rev. KC Wright officiating.
HELEN ANN HICKS
Helen Ann Hicks, daughter of the late James and Mertie (Noland) Day, was born in Baxter, Arkansas on September 21, 1948 and departed this life on Sunday evening, March 12, 2017 at the Citizen’s Memorial Healthcare Facility, Bolivar, Missouri. At the time of her passing she was 68 years, 5 months and 19 days of age. Helen spent her ealy years in Arkansas and Washington but was mostly reared in the Urbana, Missouri area. She loved to watch TV and to play Rummy with her family and friends. Country music was also a favorite of hers. Helen was preceded in death by both of her husbands, William Matteson, Sr. and Roy Hicks; her parents; and 6 siblings, Emery Day, Jesse Day, Albert Day, John Day, Tommy Day and Dee Ladd. She is survived by her 3 sons, Bill Matteson of St. Louis, MO, Jim Matteson of Bolivar, MO, and Robert Matteson of Nixa, MO; 3 sisters, Bertha Williams, Evely Jacobs, and Ethel Dinwiddie; and 1 brother, Robert Day. She also leaves a granddaughter, Tiffanie Matteson and a host of other family members and friends who will all truly miss her. Cremation rites have been accorded under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
DORTHA JEAN POYNTER
Dortha Jean Poynter was born on December 31, 1944. She was the daughter of Claude and Edna Nimmo. She was born in the country in Dallas County. She died at the age of 72 years old on March 12, 2017 at CMHCF after a 5 year 2 month battle with Lung Cancer.
Dortha was united in marriage to Alfred James Poynter on May 3, 1980. They lived on a Farm along the Pomme de Terre River in Polk County and were married for 36 years. On the farm they raised their 2 children, Steve and Retha. Dortha loved her children dearly and worried about them every day. She enjoyed family get togethers and playing with her grandchildren who loved her as only they could. Many of her days were spent sewing, taking care of animals, and taking care of others. Dortha had an amazing ability to love everyone and through this love she was able to help many people through difficult times. She had the kindest heart and was always trying to find a way to share God’s love for others, either by providing food for a family in need or sitting with friends as they went through hard times. Dortha’s greatest loves were for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her beloved husband, two children and all of her grandchildren.
Dortha was saved when she was 12 years old at Rock Prairie Baptist Church and was baptized at the age of 60 years old. At this time she joined Sunset Missionary Baptist Church. Dortha loved her church family and attending church as much as she could. She was a treasurer for her church and also sung in the choir. She loved all the little children at church and always had a story to tell about them. Dortha worked as a seamstress at Keys Industries in Buffalo MO for 16 years and made many wonderful friends while there.
Dortha is preceded in death by her amazing husband Alfred, her parents and her brother, Junior Nimmo. She leaves behind her beloved son Steve Jones and wife Maria of Walnut Grove, daughter, Retha Schwanke and husband Kyle of Louisburg, along with 6 grandchildren; Matt and Sandy Haslett, Adam and Mindy Haslett, Mary Beth Jones, Britton Schwanke, Brett Schwanke, and Kurtis Schwanke; and 5 great grandchildren Haley, Zoie, Jackson, Austin, and Amelia. She also leaves behind her brothers Dwain and David Nimmo, and her 3 sisters, Willa May Highfill, Viola Johnson, and Freda Mitchell with a multitude of nephews, and nieces who will dearly miss her. She also leaves behind her wonderful church family at Sunset Missionary Baptist church in Polk County.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10 am and Visitation will be Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30-8:00 at Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home. Brother Brock Divine and Brother Dennis Skinner will be officiating the service with burial following at Schofield Cemetery. All donations are asked to be given to the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center in Bolivar MO. Escorts will be Dwain Nimmo, David Nimmo, Matt Haslett, Adam Haslett, Randy Johnson, Bullet “Clarence” Graves and Todd Graves. Honorary escorts will be Dennis Mitchell, Jimmy Nimmo, and Donnie Johnson.
Beverly Boucher, age 69 of Pittsburg, MO passed away at her home on Monday evening, March 13, 2017. Services will be announced under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana.
CAROL SUE WEEKS
Carol Sue (Davis) Weeks was born October 14, 1948 in Corpus Christi, TX to Paul and Mabel (Hannaford) Davis. She passed away at her home in Buffalo on March 14, 2017. She was raised in Texas, California and New Mexico and graduated from Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi. She was living in Texas when she met Richard Weeks and fell in love. They married in March, MO on May 10, 1968. To this union were born three loving daughters, Stephanie, Alicia and Richelle. The family lived in California before moving to Missouri in 1980.
Sue had several jobs throughout the years including work at a Tommee Tippee company, selling Avon and Tupperware, and working at the Buffalo Head Start. She enjoyed making jewelry for family and friends and was known for her skills as a seamstress. While raising her daughters, she sewed many skating outfits, prom and wedding dresses, and even sewed outfits and flags for the MSU Pride Marching Band. She spent years helping out with Girl Scouts, doing everything from cookie sales to camping in the woods. She also loved camping at the lake with her family. She was an active member of Living Water Assembly of God and loved working with the kids during Vacation Bible School and working every summer at Kid’s Camp. She helped raise more than just her own children and was “Mom”, “Grandma Sue” or “Aunt Sue” to many kids that may not have been blood relatives, but were family all the same.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Wylie & Mabel (Hannaford) Davis; her brother, Gilford & wife Mary Davis. She leaves behind her husband Richard Weeks; three daughters, Stephanie Weeks, Alicia & husband Marty Jones, and Richelle Means; her grandchildren, Anessa & husband John Cooper, Logan & wife Julia Stewart, Cynthia Means, Bubba Means, Audra Jones, Nathan Jones, and Jared Crawford; two great-granddaughters, Ellie Cooper and Adalie Stewart; and a brother, Paul & wife Jackie Davis. There are also several nieces, nephews, “kids”, “grandkids” and friends who will miss her very much.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Rev. Hubert Morris officiating. Escorts will be Anthony Weeks, Randy Weeks, Mike Weeks, Logan Stewart, Tom Healey, J.D. Hildebrand, Marty Jones and Bubba Means. Music will be conducted by Elizabeth Fletcher. Visitation will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home. Interment will be held in Charity Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
AMY DONNA MARIE SCHULTZ
Amy Donna Marie Schultz, 58, died Sunday, March 19 in her parents’ home only a few days after being diagnosed with cancer. Her family is grateful to God for an opportunity to say good-bye and to be with her during her final hours.
Amy was born January 27, 1959 in Rapid City, SD, and lived in Kansas, City, MO, before moving with her family in 1970 to Urbana, MO, where her parents still reside. After graduating from Skyline High School in 1977, Amy obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in Waynesville, MO for 29 years before retiring. While teaching, she served as a foster mother to several children before adopting a special-needs child from Bulgaria. Amy loved children, animals, country living, needlework, music, old things, and above all, teaching. From her teaching, she is fondly remembered by many former students for skill and dedication beyond the basic requirements. Her family remembers her bravery, conviction, love of family, and obedience to God. She will be dearly missed.
Amy’s family consists of her parents Daryl and Myrna Schultz, brother Ronald Schultz, sister Gayle Babcock, daughter Aishe Schultz, nieces Linnea Babcock and Hannah Schultz, and nephew Samuel Schultz.
Her family plans a private ceremony, and asks that any financial donations in her memory be directed to Watching Over Whiskers Feline Fund. Online condolences and register book entries may be left at www.cantlonotterness.com.
HENRY STAUFFER ZIMMERMAN
In Loving Memory of Henry S. Zimmerman, born February 24, 1943 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and passed away on March 19, 2017 in Tunas, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 74 years and 23 days of age.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Levi & Emma Zimmerman; three brothers Eli Zimmerman, Caleb Zimmerman and James Zimmerman; and two sisters, Sarah Zimmerman and Eva Zimmerman. He is survived by six sisters, Mary Auker, widow of Edwin, of Ephrata, PA, Lucy Wenger, wife of Clyde, Tunas, MO, Alice Auker, widow of Harvey, of Breckonridge, MO, Martha Zimmerman of New Holland, PA, Emma Horst, wife of Carmi, Shobonier, IL, and Susie Horst, wife of Levi, of New Holland, PA; two brothers, Levi Zimmerman, Jr. of Elkhorn, KY and John Zimmerman, husband of Hettie, of New Holland, PA; a sister-in-law, Mable Zimmerman, widow of Caleb, of Millerstown, PA.
Funeral services will be conducted on March 23, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. at Stauffer Mennonite Church with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
LOREN THOMAS MONTGOMERY
Loren Thomas Montgomery, son of the late Loren Willard and Mary Frances (Rader) Montgomery, was born on October 20, 1954 at the Fitzgibbon Memorial Hospital in Marshall, MO and entered eternal life on March 21, 2017 in Urbana, MO due to complications with cancer. At the time of his passing he was 62 years, 5 months and 1 day of age.
Tom was united in marriage to Jane Hendrix on July 21, 1995 in Miami, OK and had attended Missouri Valley College. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends, but one of his greatest joys was watching the excitement of children catching fish and the things they would say. He loved children, whether riding a crying baby around on the golf cart knowing they would fall asleep, teaching an older child how to hunt or encouraging a child that they can reel that fish in. He also enjoyed working with stained glass, going to auctions and flea markets, and working with wood.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, John Thomas & Julia (Tremble) Montgomery and Jesse & Mabel Rader; one nephew, Adam D. Montgomery; and many pets. He is survived by his wife Jane of the home; his four children, Angela Harris of Grand Blanc, MI, Jonathon Montgomery of Waverly, MO, Courtney & Drew Hall of Camdenton, MO, and Fielden & Kendra Montgomery of Camdenton, MO; nine grandchildren; four siblings, Connie & Francis Breashears of Urbana, MO, Ricky & Kathy Montgomery of Buffalo, MO, Karla & Donnie Armstrong of Urbana, MO, and David Montgomery of Louisburg, MO. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and Lucky the cat who he was fond of.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel in Urbana at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 with Rev. Rick Weathers officiating. Honorary Escorts will be Ronnie Tumlinson, Marshall Foster, Otis Villines, Paul Sprigg and Danny Harris. Interment will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Urbana.
Death the last sleep? No, the final awakening. For death begins with life’s first breath and life begins at the touch of death. It is foolish to mourn the man who dies. Rather we should thank God for the man who lived. His spirit will be carried on by his family and the many people who knew him.
ETHAN LEE THOMPSON
Ethan Lee Thompson, son of the late Leslie & Jessie me Thompson, was born on September 15, 1931 in Lead Mine, Missouri and departed this life on March 25, 2017 in Springfield, Missouri. At the time of his passing he was 85 years, 6 months and 10 days of age. He was baptized and a member of Buffalo First Baptist Church.
Ethan attended school at Lead Mine, Missouri, and graduated from Tunas High School in Dallas County. His favorite teachers were Joe Atterberry and Virginia Copper Derry. Ethan had a good singing voice which was seldom heard unless he thought he was alone, but you could often hear him whistle a tune when he was outside puttering.
After graduating from high school Ethan entered the United States Navy serving from 1952 until he was honorably discharged in 1956. During that time he served primarily on the USS SAIPAN. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
In 1956 he married school mate, Esther Adams on October 17, 1956. They had one daughter, Nancy, born in 1958. Nancy and husband, Terry Brake, had one son, Timothy on October 17, 1982. He was the highlight of Ethan’s life.
Ethan had a strong work ethic. He worked briefly for the Missouri Highway Department before beginning a career as a forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation. His primary assignment was manning the Plad Forest Fire Tower and fighting fires. He served in that capacity for over 36 years.
Ethan had a unique sense of humor. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to make a big garden each year. Papaw taught much about nature. He also instilled his strong work ethic in them. More than anything, he loved The Boys—the red-haired grandson, Timothy and his two great-grandsons, Deegan and Trenton. Ethan would call each of them at least once a day just to chat and laugh. He also enjoyed chatting with his friends Charles Perkins and Gary Clemmons. He, his stories and his laugh will be missed.
Ethan was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther; his three brothers, Gene, Melvin and Elvin; and one sister, Josephine. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Brake of Springfield, MO; his grandson, Timothy Brake & his fiancé Darby Hall of Fair Grove, MO; his three great-grandchildren, Deegan Brake, Trenton Brake and Julia Akin; his brother, Matt Thompson of Lebanon, Missouri; and his two sisters, Imogene Williams of Independence, MO and Alpha Nickel of Rogers, AR He also leaves many friends and family who will all truly miss him.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Case and family members Chris Lindsey and Deegan Brake officiating. Escorts will be Timothy Brake, Trenton Brake, Deegan Brake, Leslie Thompson, Chris Lindsey and Ethan Carriger. Honorary Escorts will be Clyde Hudson, Charles Perkins, Gary Clemmons, Kelly Franklin, Sonny Megown, and Ethan West, Jeff Perkins and Chris Long. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 prior to the services on Friday. Interment will take place at Maple Lawn Cemetery under the direction of the Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home of Buffalo.
JERRY GERALD TAYLOR
John Gerald “Jerry” Taylor, Buffalo, MO, entered into eternal life on March 27, 2017. Jerry was born on February 29, 1924 to John and Ada Forrester Taylor, one of seven siblings and the last survivor. Jerry married Mary Virginia Likes in 1948 in Macomb, “robbing the cradle as many said.” They have three daughters who they loved dearly: Pam and Gary Naylor, Buffalo, MO; Lana and Dr. Bruce Packard, Magnolia, TX; and Melody and Mark Herman, Holland, MI. They also have three grandchildren that Jerry adored: Brett and Brittney Naylor, Centralia, MO; Sarah Packard, Magnolia, TX; and Marie Packard, Des Moines, IA. He has several nieces and nephews that survive. Jerry also leaves behind countless friends who loved him and were part of his family, including Kate Carmean, Virginia Watson, Garry Hager and Gary Crosby.
Jerry and Mary lived in the Bushnell-Prairie City, Illinois area until 1986. Jerry was a crop farmer and raised Purebred Shorthorn Cattle. Cattle was his love and he won many championships across the country showing his prized Shorthorn cattle. He also was a well-known and well-respected cattle judge, traveling the United States judging all breeds of cattle from the Cow Palace in San Francisco to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, to many State Fairs and County Fairs.
In 1986, Jerry and Mary relocated to Buffalo, MO to be closer to daughter Pam and her family, especially to watch Brett grow up. Jerry continued his cattle judging and was often found helping local cattlemen (Dr. Bob Coscia Limousins, Springfield, MO and Gregg Alsup, Fair Grove, MO, both great family friends).
His walls in his home office are adorned with plaques and awards he has received throughout the years. To name a few, they include: University of Missouri Long-Term Commitment and Support of the MU Extension Program (2013), 2013 Pioneer Award of the Ozark Empire Fair Foundation, Charter Officer and Director of the Land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeders Association, 2002 Long-Standing Service and Dedication to Missouri State Fair, National Livestock and Meat Board Director (1970-1973), Land of Lincoln Livestock Award 1987, Schuyler County Fair Honorary Director (1977), Illinois State Fair Board of Directors (1970 – 1986), and McDonough District Hospital (Macomb, IL) Board of Directors (1970 – 1982).
Jerry was an inspiration and a humble, selfless man. As great friend Monte Lowderman of Lowderman Auctioneering, Macomb, IL reminisced, “Jerry was a family man, who spent his whole life (68 years) with his true love and together they raised 3 beautiful daughters. He was a friend to many; he was a livestock expert and enthusiast; and he was always a true and constant professional in his words and actions. Jerry knew how to have a good time and make sure everyone around him was also having a good time. A special man that has left this world a better place and who left a positive impression and influence on all he met.”
Anyone who met Jerry became a friend. He never met a stranger. He especially loved helping kids with livestock projects. Jerry always had a smile on his face and the most positive attitude. He never had a bad day.
Jerry’s life will be celebrated at Cantlon Otterness Funeral Home on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. for visitation and 10:00 a.m. for the funeral with close friend Reverend James Weiss from Godfrey, IL officiating. There will be graveside services on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Bushnell, IL Cemetery under the direction of the Martin Hollis Funeral Home. Contact information for the Martin Hollis Funeral Home can be found on their website at www.martinhollisfh.com. Jerry loved flowers because they were bright and cheery. But in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Shorthorn Association Foundation, c/o Bill Rasor, 1800 Lovers Leap, VanAlstyne, TX 75495.