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     Forest Gene Onstott, age 79, of Lamar, Missouri passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 8, 2015, at Barton County Memorial Hospital.

     Gene was born January 27, 1936 in Jasper, Missouri, to William and Ruby (Griffitt) Onstott.  He graduated from Jasper High School in 1953 and studied auto mechanics at Pittsburg State College.  Gene worked as a machinist at King Press in Joplin before founding Empire Gas Company of Lamar.  He and Harry Orahood partnered in 1977 to plan and complete the Orahood-Onstott Development at Stockton Lake. In 1988, he combined his mechanic skills with his interest in heavy equipment to create Gene’s Trenching & Excavation Service and Onstott Trucking.  In addition, he was co-owner and operator of B & O Construction.  Suffering a stroke in 1997, Gene was forced to retire, but he never lost his desire to be of service to others and considered a day on the brush-hog as time very well spent.  An avid outdoorsman and animal lover, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and experiencing nature on his golf-cart or four-wheeler with his dog by his side.  Gene maintained an interest in old tractors, all heavy equipment, and classic cars, which he collected throughout the years.

     Gene was preceded in death by his parents, William & Ruby Onstott; parents-in-law, Tom & Mary Blake; a son, Billy Onstott; and a granddaughter, Ashley Jean Onstott.

     Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jan (Blake) Onstott, of the home; three sisters-in-law, Brenda (Ed) Hays, Mustang, Oklahoma, Mary Christine (Robert) Casey, Amarillo, Texas, and Michelle (Phillip) Padgett, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; a brother; two daughters; a large extended family; and his best friend, Hank Thomas.

     A memorial service celebrating Gene’s life will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Daniel Funeral Home.  Burial will be at a later date.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to The Humane Society of Barton County in care of the funeral home.

Comments  

#9 Dot Cook 2015-02-15 10:56
Sorry to hear about Gene.... I so wish I could have attended... I will always remember taking care of him in the hospital several years ago...
#8 Kearney, Mo.Bud & Connie Taylor 2015-02-14 15:31
Jan, sorry to hear about Gene, we always look forward to seeing him at the Fair Car Show he was always smiling
and happy
#7 Donna 2015-02-13 20:38
Rhonda Onstott and Tammy Dalton. I am so sorry to have heard of the passing of your dad. Just know that I will keep you both in my daily thoughts and prayers!
#6 LockwoodLori Smith 2015-02-12 11:13
Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.
#5 Lamar MoGail Hamilton 2015-02-11 15:48
Jan I just heard about Gene. I am so sorry to hear this. Know that you will be in my prayers. Gene was a wonderful person. I know that bobby and him have a lot to catch up on in Heaven.

Gail.
#4 Lamar Mo.Rick Windes & Pam Wineinger 2015-02-11 11:39
Jan sorry for loss. Gene and you are good friends and we will miss him very much. If you need anything at all give us a call. We will always be here for you. Please do not hesitate to call upon us,
#3 Taberville,moSteve & Sharon Schlichting 2015-02-10 17:07
Jan sorry for your loss,he truly was a good friend and if my family ever needed him he was right there.If you ever need anything just give me a shout at 417-432-3263 he truly will be missed by a lot of people,,,,
#2 LamarDebbie Anderson 2015-02-10 17:01
Sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers
#1 Pine Bluff, ARMichelle Padgett 2015-02-10 11:12
I can't really remember a time when Gene was not a part of my life. I will miss him dearly but know he is sitting in heaven with my mom and dad having the best time. All three have no more pain, have no more problems walking, talking or any of the earthly obsticles they faced. My sister is in my thoughts and prayers. Love you Gene.

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