Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Howard Leon Pilant, 76, of Sedalia, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1937, the son of Fred and Eva Pilant in Cassville.

In 1955, he was married to Jane Higgs, of Exeter, and they had three children. He later divorced and moved to Sedalia. He was remarried to Dianne Draisey in 1971, and they had two children.

He owned and/or operated many businesses throughout the years including Stinger Sam's Auto Parts, Pilant's Used Cars, State Fair Quick Lube, Downtown Laundromat, and Downtown Furniture & More Store.

He was preceded in death by his daughter from his first marriage, Sherry Pilant Byrd; and his brother, Lenard Pilant.

Survivors include: his wife of 42 years, Dianne Pilant, and their children, Alicia Morlan, and husband, William, and Aaron Pilant; children from his first marriage, Gary Pilant and Gale Pilant; brother, Carroll Pilant, and wife, Lisa; two sisters, Wilma Miller, and husband, Hal, Loretta Vincent, and husband, Bill; sister-in-law, Sara Pilant; and daughter-in-law, Janet Dillon. He also has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were Feb. 8 at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Gail Lilleman officiating.