William E. "Mr. Bill" Stufflebeam, 79, Stark City, died Oct. 1, 2013, at Freeman Neosho Hospital following several months of failing health.
Bill was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Dalghren, Ill.,, the son of Finley H. and Lucille L. (Lauerman) Stufflebeam. He lived most of his life in the area and graduated from Midway High School and had served in the U.S. Army, 1955-1957. He lived in Highland, Ill., and worked for A&S Railroad for 18 years and then returned to Southwest Missouri, where he taught special education at East Newton for 18 years and was a school bus driver. He was a collector of antiques, enjoyed going to flea markets, watching game shows and doing puzzles of all kinds. Bill was a member of the Newtonia Baptist Church and Sweetwater Baptist Church.
Bill and Van (Jackson, Miracle) were married on Nov. 25, 1956, at Newtonia and she survives.
Additional survivors include five children, Terri Parshley (Jeff), Reno, Nev., Lori Thuenemann (Alan), Highland, Ill., Carri Sue Cook (Greg), Maryland Heights, Mo., Donna Reed (Mike), Maryland Heights, Mo., and Dan Stufflebeam, Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren, Joshua Thuenemann (Rachel), Jared Thuenemann, (Gabby), Lindsey Cooper, Liz, Bryan and Bruce Cook; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Brynn Thuenemann; one sister, Joyce Dalton and husband, Sam, Pierce City; and sister-in-law, Pat Stufflebeam, Springfield.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Charles Stufflebeam.
The body has been taken for cremation and memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Chapel, Granby. Rev. Tom Casady and Rev. Doug Gripka will officiate. Following the services, a private interment of the cremains will be at the Dice Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home, Granby.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Special Olympics, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 26, Granby, 64844.
Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home, Granby.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.