Thursday, November 15, 2007

Kenneth Dean Apperson, 74, of Climax Springs, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in his home.

He was united in marriage to Carolee Roe on June 11, 1955, in Kansas City, and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Additional survivors include: three children: Deanna Burns and her husband, Jeffrey, of Blue Springs, Cyndi Latimer and her husband, Rusty, of Centerville, Iowa, and Jeff Apperson and his wife, Tanya, of Climax Springs; and eight grandchildren.

He was raised in Climax Springs and attended Climax Springs High School for thee years, but attended and graduated at Warsaw High School, class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1961. He began his career with Missouri State Parks as an assistant park superintendent at Roaring River State Park at Cassville and would go on the serve as park superintendent at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, Graham Cave State Park, Pomme De Terre State Park and at Roaring River State Park. He was promoted to Regional Supervisor over Region I and moved to Festus in 1972. He later became Supervisor over Region III. Then moved to Brookfield to reassume his position as Region I supervisor.

In 1988, he began a second career as a horticulture specialist with the University of Missouri Extension service. He had a call-in radio program on KRMS in 1990.

He was an ordained Baptist deacon and later was ordained elder in the Climax Springs Presbyterian Church.

Services were held Friday at Ozark Bethel Chapel Assembly of God with pastor Alonzo Thomas officiating. Burial was at Mose Clark Cemetery, Climax Springs.