Thursday, July 24, 2008

Laurance Beeson, 84, of Cassville, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at his home. He was born June 25, 1924, in Barry County, the son of Everett and Edna (Noble) Beeson. He grew up in the Oak Ridge community. He attended grade school at Oak Ridge then graduated from Cassville High School with the Class of 1944. In July, 1944, he was called to serve in the United States Army. He left the United States in December 1944 for the battlefields of France and Germany. He was wounded in battle March 1945 and received a Purple Heart.

On July 4, 1945, he was united in marriage to Alma Lowe. After returning from war, he attended SMS and received his teaching certificate. He then taught at Hailey School. In 1952, they moved to a farm north of Cassville where they operated a dairy farm and raised their five sons. He also drove a school bus for 20 years for the Cassville School District. After retiring from the dairy farm, he owned and operated a small motor repair shop at his home until 2006 when ill health forced him to retire. He was a Christian.

Survivors include: his wife of 63 years, Alma; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Lonnie, Bill and Linda, Lloyd and Edna, Randy and Debbie and Stanley and Jennifer; 14 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Noble and Leonard; and three sisters, Mildred, Dorothy and Eunice.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

Funeral services were held Saturday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Jerry Nickle and Pastor Doyle Russell conducted the services. Burial, with military honors, was at Ennis Cemetery, Cassville.

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