Leonard Morton Beeson, age 90, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2013, in his home.
He was born June 18, 1922, in Anderson, Missouri, the son of Everett and Edna (Noble) Beeson. On December 26, 1948, in Exeter, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Dortha Pilant, who preceded him in death on December 15, 1993. Also preceding him in death were his parents; an infant sister, Betty Jewel; one brother, Laurance Beeson; and two brothers-in-law, Ray Harris and Earl Lyall.
Surviving are six children: daughter, Lynna Marie Spellman and husband, Dave, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; sons, David Beeson, of Springfield, Missouri, Richard Beeson and wife, Jacqueline, of Seymour, Missouri, Timothy Beeson, of Houston, Texas, and Steven Beeson and wife, Marilyn, of Columbia, Missouri; and daughter, Sarah Marney and husband, Tim, of Cassville, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Michael Spellman, Laura Spellman Mendell and husband, John, Emily Spellman Hutton and husband, Neal, Lena Spellman, Dima Spellman, Brian Beeson, Chris Beeson and wife, Stephanie, Janell Beeson Coones, Simon Beeson, and Jennifer Marney Privett and husband, Donald; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Noble Beeson and wife, Kathleen, of Ottumwa, Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Harris, of Monett, Missouri, Mrs. Dorothy Lyall, of Cassville, and Mrs. Eunice Moreno and husband, Joe, of Salisbury, Maryland; a sister-in-law, Alma Beeson, of Cassville, Missouri, and his longtime friend, Louise Brooks.
Leonard received his education at Forest Grove Grade School and graduated from Cassville High School in 1941. After high school, Leonard followed the wheat harvest in Kansas and Colorado, then went to Oregon to work in the logging industry. From November, 1942 through January, 1946, he served in the United States Navy as a signalman aboard the USS Custer, a troop transport in the Pacific Theater of WWII. He later spent 45 years at Forest Products, Inc., in Cassville. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri. Dr. Leland May conducted the services. Burial with military honors will be in Pilant Cemetery, Cassville.
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