John Charles (J.C.) Hounschell

Clark Funeral Home

John Charles (J.C.) Hounschell

Joplin - John Charles (J.C.) Hounschell, age 87, of Joplin, Missouri passed away on June 10, 2021 after a long and loving life. He was born August 14, 1933 to Manville and Orpha (Hart) Hounschell. He was born and raised on the family farm near Stark City, Missouri and graduated from Midway High School. Following high school, J.C. attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where he earned his Bachelors and Masters degree in Sanitary Science. J.C. married M. Loraine Crabtree on August 15, 1954 in Stark City, Missouri. The couple had four children. He spent the majority of his career in the field of public health, first working for the USDA in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas, and then moved to Munster, Texas where he worked in the lab of a milk plant. Following that, he worked for the State Department of Health, first in Sedalia, Missouri, then in Jefferson City, Missouri. In 1965, he became the Director of Public Health for the city of Joplin where he worked for thirty years, retiring in 1995. Following retirement, J.C. and Loraine enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and to several countries. J.C. was truly a man of God. He was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, worshiping for over 50 years at the Spring City Church of Christ where he had served as an elder in the church for many years before his health declined. He had a true love for Jesus and enjoyed sharing the gospel. J.C. is survived by his wife of 66 years, Loraine of the home; four children, John Hounschell, II and wife, Linda of Melbourne, FL; Jim Hounschell and wife, Kim of Joplin; Judy Crandall and husband, Ron of Joplin and Jeannie Bassett and husband, Kenny of Columbia, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren and a brother, Don Hounschell and wife, Bobby of Stark City. Funeral services for J.C. will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10 am at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Interment will follow in the Dice Cemetery, Fairview, Missouri. The family will receive friends at a time of visitation Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of J.C. be made to Fairhaven Children's Home, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66; Neosho, MO 64850.

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Posted online on June 11, 2021