Jack Lavern Vore, 90, of rural Purdy, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, in Cox-Monett Hospital, Monett.
He was born Sept. 12, 1919, at Dacoma, Okla., to Ray and Lola (Holder) Vore. After graduating from high school, he left home at the age of 15 to attend college. During his undergraduate work, he became a two-time Golden Gloves Oklahoma State Boxing Champion and was a track letterman. He graduated with a bachelors of science degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1939.
He also did graduate work in science at Northwestern Oklahoma State and seminary study at Anderson Indiana University. He had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age and seriously considered the ministry. However, he eventually came to believe that he could best do God's work as a high school teacher and coach.
He taught math and science from 1941 until 1985 in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri and coached football, basketball and track in Oklahoma and Kansas. Throughout his teaching career, he raised quarter horses and Hereford cattle. During the 1960's he developed Vore Herefords, a polled Hereford operation that produced a national champion bull in 1981 and continued to develop quality breeding stock until the late 1990s.
While he was head football coach at Hugoton, Kan., he was united in marriage with Winifred L. "Winnie" Miller on April 22, 1945. Born to this marriage were three boys: Jack, Jim, and Carl.
Survivors include: his wife, Winifred; one son, Jim and his wife, Patty, residing in Overland Park, Kan.; four grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; one sister, Idamaye Jeffries and her husband, Joel, of Edmond, Okla.; and one sister-in-law, LaVeta Vore, of Cleo Springs, Okla. Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, two brothers and two sons.
At the time of his death, he was a member of the First Church of God, Granby, where he had served as teacher of an adult Sunday school class for 10 years.
Funeral services will be held Friday in Granby First Church of God, under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Burial will be in Rocky Comfort Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton.
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