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Willard Lee Ison, age 63, of Lamar, MO died Monday, March 16, 2015 at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, MO. 

Willie was born July 26, 1951 to Willard E. and Lavona (Bishop) Ison.  He graduated Liberal High School 1969.  On August 14, 1990 he married Diann (Stebler) Gardner.  Willie was a farmer and had also worked for O’Sullivan Industries, Thorco Industries and as a part time carpenter.  He was an avid deer and turkey hunter with both a bow and gun and was very involved in garden tractor pulling with his brothers-in-law.

Willie leaves behind his wife Diann of the home, two sons, David and wife Chris Ison, of Yonkers, NY and Dustin and wife Drenda Gardner, of Carthage, MO; one daughter, Shana Ison of Lamar; a sister, Teresa and husband Dale White of Frontenac, KS; seven grandchildren, Lexi, Courtney, Carter, Drayton, & Kyler Ison, Delayna and Darrah Gardner. Additional survivors include several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded by his parents and a son, Landon Ison.


Graveside service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Iantha Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#14 Neosho, MoMichael Helms 2015-03-20 10:37
Willie, we did not have enough times together, but I remember you as a friend. We did share both joy and sorrow on those few times. I wish I had heard about your passing in time to be there. Sorry to see you go before I could meet you again.
#13 Lamar, MORobin, Cheryl & Olivia Baldwin 2015-03-19 16:14
Diann, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#12 Lamar, MissouriDon and Chris Hildebrand 2015-03-19 14:42
We are so sorry for your loss.He will be so missed. We'll miss sharing our hunting times and sharing all the hunting stories through the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of so much sadness.
We are truly saddened by this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love to you all during this time.
#10 Jasper, MOLaRita McNeely 2015-03-19 07:42
Diann, My sympathy & prayers to you and your family at this time. Grief is hard, but Praise God we have eternity with him because of Jesus who took it all for us. Blessing to you Diann.
#9 Nevada, Mo.Rosemary Thompson 2015-03-18 17:36
I am very sorry for your loss. I really didn't know him , I went to school with his sister Teresa. Prayers to the family.
#8 Gary and Sandy Todd 2015-03-18 17:29
What great neigbors you were Willie and Diane to my Dad and Mother. Love to you Diane and your family at this sad time.
#7 Elizabethton, TNKyle Nichols 2015-03-18 17:18
Just run 23 quick Willard, take you right through those pearly gates...condolences to the family...Willard and I had some great times...
#6 Princeton, MnGordy and Delona 2015-03-18 16:36
Wish we could be there to help you through this time. Thank you so much for letting us know about Willy. We will definitely miss his vibrant comments about hunting and Turnips!!!! Along with the Hedge apples! What a sweet person he was. We are so blessed to have known him. We will keep in touch Diann. Love you and hugs and prayers. Gordy A
& Delona.
#5 lamar molinda martin 2015-03-18 12:53
Diane im so sorry willie will be missed by many. My prayers are with u and the family it is never easy to say good by to a loved one.But god will see u through it.

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