Lavern Madison

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Lavern Madison, 86, of Exeter, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin.

He was born July 26, 1934, in Cato, Mo., the son of George Earl and Elizabeth (Sturgell) Madison. On Feb. 23, 2002, he was united in marriage to Diane Westenhaver, who survives.

Additional survivors include: four sons, Scott Madison and his wife Susan of Cassville, Ken Madison and his wife Lori of Monett, Kerry Madison and his wife Lisa of Cassville, and Terry Madison and his wife Angie of Monett; two daughters, Shelley Madison of Monett, and Carissa McCracken and her husband Jack of Shell Knob; two stepsons, David Thrash and his wife Joan of Omaha, Neb., and Aaron McCullough of Wichita, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Lora Smoker of Warsaw, Ind.; one brother, Bud Madison of Cassville; one sister, Reba Crane of Nixa; 19 grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and five great great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Kevin Lee Madison and one brother, Gene Madison.

He grew up in Barry County. He attended Hailey School seven years, Oak Ridge School two years and Cassville High School, graduating in 1951. From 1960 until 1990 he was employed with Missouri State Highway Department. In 1960, he also started shoeing horses, which he was still doing. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Exeter, Jenkins Saddle Club, Barry County Sheriff’s Posse and was previously president of Easy Riders.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor Randy Comer will conduct the services. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Cassville.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

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