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RICHARD F. GREGORY
Richard F. Gregory, age 94, of Kahoka, MO, died Monday, November 4, 2013 in the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.
Richard was born May 7, 1919 at Clark City in Clark County, MO, a son of Richard F. "Lynn" and Eva P. Levengood Gregory.
He married Lucille M. Sheffler on June 7, 1941. She preceded him in death on February 2, 2002. He later married Mary Helm in 2003.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Helm, of Kahoka; two sons, Stephen R. (Janet) Gregory of Bushnell, FL and David L. (Charlene) Gregory of Kahoka; two daughters, Jeanne (Mrs. Daniel) Thies of Jacksonville, IL and Joann (Mrs. Mark) Ritter of Lexington, MO;
thirteen grandchildren: Ron (Tisha) Gregory, of Kahoka, Patrick Gregory of Kahoka, Michael Gregory of Centralia, MO, Scott (Christa) Gregory of Kahoka, Matthew Gregory of Ashton,
Dustin (Lisa) Gregory of Kahoka, Melissa Gregory and Kara Gregory, both of Kahoka, Darren
(Jenny) Thies of Issaquah, WA, Sara Thies of Jacksonville, IL, Cameron (Holly) Thies of Champaign, IL, Zac Ritter of Lees Summit, MO and Seth Ritter of Lexington, MO; eight
great-grandchildren: Austin Payton, Ashtin Bradley, Shane and Spencer Gregory, Emily and Kyle Gregory and Rheagan and Riley Gregory; a sister, Virginia Weeks of California; nine step-children and their families: Joan (Mrs. Bill) Hayden, Sandra (Mrs. Bill) Ringenburg, Vickie (Mrs. Donnie) Burks, Ruby "Dodie" Simmons, and Evelyn O'Day, all of Kahoka, Diana (Mrs. Steve) Toben of Luray, MO, Ava Carter of Kahoka, Rita (Mrs. Vaughn) Barry of Alexandria and Billy (Brenda) Young of Kahoka; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Lucille Gregory; a sister, Margaret Lakin and infant son, Richard F. Gregory, Jr.
Richard graduated from Kahoka High School in 1937 and from the University of Missouri in 1941. He was a life-long farmer and did custom farming and trucking until 1949 when he and Delbert Gutting began G & G Tractor Sales in Kahoka. He then owned Lewis Co. Tractor Sales until 1961 when he began working for Modern Security Life with Pat Jones which later became Ozark National Life, working until the age of 90.
He was the oldest male member of the Kahoka Christian Church and loved his fellowship there. He was also a member of the former Eagles social club in Kahoka and the NEMO Indians Camping Club. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his friends. He loved to play cards, fish, carry on a conversation with everyone he met, and most of all being with his family.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Jim Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Cemetery at Kahoka.
Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Kahoka Christian Church.
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