Landon E. Painter

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Landon E. Painter, 77, of Mt. Vernon, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was born June 25, 1936, in Kansas City, the son of the late Emil A. and Edith (Shrum) Painter.

He was a 1954 graduate of Cassville High School and was a member of the Reavisville Baptist Church. He spent his life farming.

He laid to rest his first wife, Lela Jo "Jody" Griffin in 1989. He later married Ida (Parks) Downs on March 30, 1991, and together they shared 22 years of marriage.

Survivors in include: his wife, Ida; seven children, Rick Painter and his wife, Lynda, of Aurora, John Parks, of Carthage, Scott Downs, of Diamond, Ron Downs, of Arlington, Va.; Debbie Kennedy and her husband, Rex, of Rogers, Ark., Mary Loftis and her husband, Rex, of Mt. Vernon and Jeff Downs, of Mt. Vernon; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, his sister, Bonnie Johnson preceded him in death.

A funeral service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, was held Monday at the Reavisville First Baptist Church with burial at Maple Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the FIRST Robotics Team 3784 c/o Rick Painter or the American Cancer Relay For Life Lawrence County in care of the funeral home.