Otto ‘Pee Wee’ C. Studdard, 89, Neosho, died Jan. 4, 2013, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mt. Vernon, following a lengthy illness.
Otto was born Sept. 27, 1923, in his grandparents' log cabin at Mt. Home, Ark., the son of Horace and Bertha (Thompson) Studdard. He moved to the area at the age of 6 in 1929. Otto served in the Army-Air Force, during World War II, Jan. 9, 1943 through October 1945 and worked as a machine operator at Pet Milk for 40 years. He was a former member of the Teamsters Union; former member of the Sheriff’s Posse Drill Team; a former 4-H Leader and a member of Northside Baptist Church.
He married Hazel Smith on Dec. 16, 1946, at Columbus, Kan., and she survives.
Additional survivors include three children, Nova Ray Studdard and wife, Amanda, Mt. Vernon, Randy Joe Studdard, Dallas, Texas, and Rhonda Kay Ely and husband, James, Neosho; seven grandchildren, Ryan Studdard, Marsharah Humphries, Logan Ely, Kaitlan Ely, Drew Johnson, Renata Johnson and Kelsey Johnson; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carl Lumpkins, Granby.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Elmer Studdard, Ernest Studdard, Bobby Studdard, Billy Lumpkins and Donnie Smith and a sister, Wanda Jackson. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Dr. Jerry Seigel will officiate. Interment will be in the Neosho IOOF Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be Gary Clark, Jamie Otten, Jerry Otten, Bruce Jackson, Jeff Studdard, Greg Studdard, Bud Powell and Larry Studdard. Carl Green will serve as honorary pallbearer. Military honors will be conducted at the graveside services.
Friends may call Monday at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Otto may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
Services under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.