Luther Garland Faulkner, 88, of Shell Knob, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at The Neighborhoods at Quail Creek Residential Facility in Springfield. He was born on Aug. 31, 1923, in Abernathy, Texas, son of Luther and Elsie (Simpson) Faulkner. He grew up and received his education and graduated in 1942 from high school in Slaton, Texas. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and honorably served his country in Okinawa, Japan, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After his discharge, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated with a degree in business in 1950.
On April 7, 1950, he was united in marriage to Jean Hogan in Lubbock, Texas. She preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 1988. He started his career as a sales manager for Western Auto. in 1956, they relocated in Ulysses, Kan., and he was the co-founder of Ulysses Irrigation Pipe Company. He moved to the Shell Knob over 20 years ago. Later in life, he was married to Lucille Johnston in Shell Knob. He was a member of the Central Community United Methodist Church in Shell Knob. All nine of his grandchildren are college graduates.
Survivors include: two sons, Mark Faulkner, of Ulysses, Kan., and his fiancee, Debbie Hall, of Branson, and David Faulkner, and his fiancee, Kay Strecker, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one daughter, Deborah Walker, of Platte City; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Wilma Henry, of Austin, Texas. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorthy Howell and Doris Hendrix.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Central Community United Methodist Church in Shell Knob with Pastor Barry Fielder officiating. Military honors were conducted by the VFW Post 2203 of Shell Knob.