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     James A. McClendon, age 83, of Liberal, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.

     Jim was born January 12, 1932 on the family farm, to Aubrey and Margaret (Curless) McClendon.  He graduated from Liberal High School and taught school in Oskaloosa for a year before being called to military duty.  Jim served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea for two years.  Returning home, he earned a B.S. in Accounting and Economics at Pittsburg State University.

     In addition to farming, Jim was an accountant for Western Insurance in Fort Scott, Kansas in the 1960’s and had owned and operated a tire and auto shop in Liberal for more than 40 years.

     Always active in his church and community, Jim served as Chairman of Disciples Christian Church committee and board member of St. Louis Christian Children’s Home and National Benevolence Association.  His pride and concern for his country motivated Jim’s interest and involvement in politics on local and national levels.  He was active in the Republican Party, having attended three national conventions, shaking hands with Presidents Nixon, Ford, George W. Bush, and Reagan.  Jim had served as chairman of Barton County and Missouri State Republican Committees as well as president of Ozark Township Board.  He was a member of the Barton County Ambulance Board, Ethanol Committee, and Arma American Legion.  He and Leota enjoyed the fellowship of their SNPJ (Polka) friends and the many trips they took across the country.

     On July 1, 1984, Jim married Leota (Carpenter) Readinger and she survives, of the home.  Also surviving are three sons, Mark McClendon, Liberal, Randall (Betsy) Readinger and Loren (Julie) Readinger, all of Fort Scott; two daughters, Debra (Larry) Martin, Fort Scott, and Lisa (Ron) Butts, Liberal; a sister, Jean Lambert, Marshall, Virginia; a nephew, Rocky Barnes, Seattle, Washington; his former wife, Greta Frank, Pittsburg; ten grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lynn McClendon; and a niece, Debbie Reuter.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

     Burial with full military honors will be in Barton City Cemetery at a later date.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Liberal High School D.O.G.S. Scholarship, Barton City Cemetery, or charity of the donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home.



#11 sam& cheryl dohle 2015-11-15 04:07
#10 Bronaugh, MO.Joe & Shirley Yokley 2015-11-14 16:56
Our condolences to the family. Jim was a good friend and a blessing to the community. He will be missed. May God bless and comfort those left behind.
#9 Fort Scott, KansasMark and Brinda West Bolton 2015-11-13 08:54
Sending our condolences to Leota and
#8 Lathrop, MOTom and Lynn Noyes 2015-11-12 18:22
Thinking of you all and sending our prayers and sympathies to you, Leota. Special memories of a special man.
#7 SeattleRock Barnes 2015-11-12 16:59
Jim had more grit than anyone I know. You will always be remembered Uncle. All of our blessings continue and follow you. Our greatest condolences for Jim's family and friends.
#6 TexasLarry and Jean Talbott Eckst 2015-11-12 16:27
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit with Jim during my recent visit to Liberal during the horse pull during the Prairie Days celebration. So many memories of growing up in Liberal. Jim was certainly central to the Liberal community. Our sympathy to Leota, Mark, Lisa and the rest of the family. I know he will be missed.
#5 Marshall VirginiaJean Lambert 2015-11-12 14:40
Jim was my wonderful brother and my best friend. I will miss him. Jean
#4 Nevada Mo.Lane Short 2015-11-12 11:02
I always enjoyed visiting with Jim and have the best memories of him and his spirit
#3 John and Linda Shomin 2015-11-12 08:16
We are so sorry for your loss. We lost a dear friend and have many wonderful memories of the good times shared together.
#2 Kansas CityAllen and Sandy Smith 2015-11-12 07:14
Allen and I want to send our condolences to Leota and the family. Jim was a good friend and neighbor to Sandy's dad, Bob Selvey. Praying God's blessings upon the family through this difficult time, when special memories become treasures.

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