Thursday, October 16, 2008

John Henry Henbest, 85, of Cassville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, in his home.

He was born Aug. 31, 1923, in Cassville, the son of William Henry and Ocie (Ball) Henbest. On Nov. 25, 1948, in Wichita, Kan., he was united in marriage to Ruth Marie Seely, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two sons, Mike Henbest, of Cassville, and David Henbest, of Phoenix, Ariz.; three daughters, Jill Smith, of Springfield, Betty Thomas, of Stockton, and Marcia Liss, of Kimberton, Penn.; a sister, Neva Linebarger, of Wichita, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Homer, Roger and Clifford Henbest and four sisters, Ruby Homesley, Thelma Nickle, Willodene Boursheski and Imogene Boyd.

He received his education in Butterfield where he graduated from high school. He was a staff sergeant in the United States Army during World War II and stationed in the Philippines. After returning from the war, he came back to Missouri where he farmed and raised cattle. He was on the Commerce Bank Board, Cassville School Board, Barry County Co-op Board and served as deacon at the First Baptist Church of Cassville.

Funeral services were held Monday in Cassville First Baptist Church under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Burial with military honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville. Rev. James Weaver conducted the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Monett or Cassville First Baptist Church.

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