Kenton George Slankard, 96, Montgomery City, MO, formerly of Springfield, died on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at the St. Joseph Hospital West at Lake St. Louis, MO.

Kenton George Slankard, 96,  Montgomery City, MO, formerly of Springfield, died on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at the St. Joseph Hospital West at Lake St. Louis, MO.
Kenton George Slankard was born in Neosho, on Nov. 10, 1921 to George William Weaver Slankard and Della Myrtle Ivie Slankard.  He attended Neosho Schools graduating in 1939.  He then attended Joplin Junior College (now Missouri Southern University).  He served a term as President of the Student Senate and graduated in 1941 from the school.  He enrolled in the University of Missouri School of Law at Columbia early in 1943.  He then was enlisted in the Army Air Corp.  He served as pilot of a B-24 Liberator Bomber with the 451st Bomb Group of the 15th Air Corps stationed in Italy near Bari, Italy.  Following the ending of the war in Europe, he and his crew flew a brand new B-24 back to the States.  He re-entered law school for the second semester of 1945.  He served a year term as President of his law school Fraternity.  He was the winner of the Case Club competition.  He graduated law school and passed the Bar Examination in the first quarter of 1947.
Mr. Slankard married his beloved wife, Betty Flo Davis, March 22, 1947.  They resided in Columbia where he became employed as a claims attorney for MFA/Shelter Insurance.  Shelter transferred him to Springfield, MO to open the first claims handling office outside the home office.  He became litigation counsel for all of the southern states of Shelter’s Insurance Territory. He remained so employed until his retirement in 1983.  After retirement he carried out restricted private practice from his home.
Mr. Slankard was a long time member of National Avenue Christian Church.  He served for a time as Sunday School Superintendent under the church’s first minister, Reverend Clayton Potter, who was also their neighbor.  Betty taught in Sunday School. Later he served on the Board of Deacons.  Their only child, Cora Sue, was born Jan. 23, 1950.  She was baptized by Dr. Mark Randle, the church’s second minister.  Cora Sue’s wedding was conducted by Reverend Henry Tyler at the church.
Mr. and Mrs. Slankard retirement was spent traveling abroad and in the states.  Also time was spent enjoying family, friends, and neighbors.  They were charter members of Twin Oaks Country Club and a member of the downtown Kiwanis Club.  He was a Missouri Tiger fan, a St. Louis Baseball Cardinal fan, and an avid reader.
Mr. Slankard was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on Nov. 3, 2006, after enduring numerous illnesses.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wayne; and three sisters, Thelma, Eileen, and Mary Ruth.
Mr. Slankard is survived by his daughter, Cora Sue Schlanker and her husband, Robert H. Schlanker, Montgomery City, MO; and by two granddaughters: Cora Katherine Thebeau and her husband, Major Travis Thebeau of the United States Army; and Rebeca Jane Lemasters and her husband, Brad Lemasters.  Also surviving are his great-grandchildren:  Cora Meryn and Hallie Rebecca Thebeau and Amelia Jane Lemasters and Kenton Davis Clay Lemasters.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, MO.  The Reverend Scott Carnes and the Reverend Carrie Carnes  officiated and interment with full military honors will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, MO on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Montgomery City Library, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO   63361.  
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