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Virgil James Ponder
...Virgil James Ponder, born December 15, 1939; died June 15, 2016. Virgil died peacefully and at home, as prayed for by family and friends. He was united in marriage to Roberta Taylor June 6, 1960, who survives.
...He is also survived by five children and their families. He worked hard all his life to provide for his family as a member of the construction laborers union Local #264. He also had a plumbing business locally for many years.
...Virgil was preceded in death by his parents: Leve Virgil and Lelia Marie (Connell) Ponder; one son-in-law, Mike Thompson; one brother, Carl Ponder; one sister, Flora Cusick and one sister-in-law, Norma Ponder.
...In addition to his wife, Roberta, of the home, he is survived by his children and their families: Jim and Debbie of Lone Jack, and son, Homer and his children, David, Joseph and Grace; Roy and Teresa, of
Sumterville, Fla., and their sons and spouses, Cody and Meagen and their daughter, Zoey Jane of Navarre, Fla., and Alex and Alyssa of Panama City Fla.; Becky Thompson of Kingsville; Bruce and Jamie and their children, Kendal and Lukas of Pleasant Hill; Ronnie and his daughter Hannah of Pleasant Hill. He is also survived by his brother, Leo Ponder, and brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Dorothy Ponder, all of Pleasant Hill, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
...Funeral services for Mr. Virgil Ponder were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Tony Reynolds officiating.
...Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family received friends, June 20, 2016, at the funeral home. The family suggests contributions, “In Memory of Virgil J. Ponder,” to Pleasant Hill Food Pantry or Pleasant Hill Meals on Wheels.

Walter A. “Butch” Davidson
...Walter A. “Butch” Davidson, 90, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the Saint Luke’s East Hospital.
...Per Butch’s request, cremation has been accorded. 
...Graveside services and inurnment will be held 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  Reverend D. Kent Deubner will officiate.
...Online condolences may be sent to the family at
...Arrangements by Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill.

Elizabeth Marie Kessler
...Elizabeth Marie Champion, 78, of Reeds Springs, MO, formerly of Troy, MO, departed this life on May 29, 2016, at her home, surrounded by family.
...Elizabeth was born July 31, 1937, in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of James and Gertrude Loup Kessler.
...Elizabeth was a 1956 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. On June 1, 1956, she was untied in marriage to Duward Ray Champion, her high school sweetheart.
...Elizabeth began her working career at Monsanto where she worked with micro silica for microchips. She was parttime dump truck driver for Ray while raising her three sons. She and Ray were owners of Champion Ready Mix and Champion Precast in Troy until retirement moved them to Reeds Springs in 1997.
...Elizabeth had many talents, all with the working of her hands, She loved gardening, crocheting, photography and oil painting in her early years. After moving to Reeds Springs, she and Ray began cultivating their rock farm into a thriving blackberry raspberry, strawberry and beekeeping farm, as well as shitake mushrooms. She received the Greater Springfield Farmers Market Producer of the Year in 2014.
...She was always busy outside on the farm or working on one of her many craft projects or quilting. She created quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren to treasure. She most recently began sharing her talents with her church Diaper Bank.
...Elizabeth was a breast cancer survivor. She never knew a stranger. She loved the Lord and her church and especially her friends in the Empty Nesters Group at Lifesong United Methodist Church.
...Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Duward Ray and her parents, James and Gertrude Kessler, as well as her brother, George Kessler. She is survived by three sons, Anthony Ray and wife, Kaye; Bruce Allen and wife Mary, all of Troy, and Jeffrey Todd of Reeds Springs. She was also blessed with six grandchildren, Steven and his wife Amanda, Ryan and his wife Jennifer, all of Troy; David and his wife Michelle of St. Genevieve; Adam and his wife Adais of Misawa, Japan, Sasha and her husband Nick Phillips and Amber, all of Troy. She also left a legacy of ten great grandchildren, Kaysen and Kamryn Champion, Aiden and Hadley Champion, Leah and Maci Champion, Landon and Lathan Miller and Paige and Cooper Phillips. She is also survived by one brother, James Kessler of Northfield, MN and one sister, Doris Self of Tulsa, OK. She also leaves behind many other relatives and friends.
...A memorial service was held June 4, 2016 at Lifesong United Methodist Church at Reeds Springs. Memorial contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers to Lifesong United Methodist Church Diaper Bank at 360 Emerson Road, Reeds Springs 65737.