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Col. Estel Hamill Gideon, retired, 84, of Lamar, MO passed away January 2, 2010 at Barton County Memorial Hospital following a long illness.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ona Hamill Gideon, sister, Glenda Bentlage, and brother-in-law, Alvin Bentlage.


Mr. Gideon is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty of the home, son and daughter-in-law, Drs. David and Kay Gideon of Mt. Vernon, Maine; daughter, Connie Zimmerman and husband, Ralph of Springfield, MO, granddaughter Jessica Zimmerman also of Springfield; step-grandchildren Carla Stanton of Canton, N.C and Carl Zimmerman of Illiopolis, IL and their families; niece Karel Hippert and husband Bill of St. Louis, MO. and dear friends, D. D. Duncan, wife, Lois and family. Also surviving are many Boyd family cousins.


He was often called “The Colonel”. He had a distinguished military career serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during WW II, Missouri National Guard, and U. S. Army Reserves with a combined service of over 42 years. His last guard assignment was Post Commander of Camp Clark, MO.  


He attended Barton County Rural School at Mt. Carmel. He was a graduate of Lamar High School class of 1943, graduate of Columbia College, graduate of the Army School of Engineering, Command and General Staff College. He retired with the rank of Colonel.


During his career, Estel advanced to manager of Frank Horton & Co. and Great Plains Construction While working for Frank Horton he became a single engine pilot. He spent many hours flying for work, enjoyment, and made trips to the Indian territories of the Canadian outback to fish for over 30 years. He was a gentleman farmer keeping active the century old Gideon Farm.


He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gideon’s International, Barton County Historic Society Board, and Past-President of the Military Officers Association of America, and Past-President of the State Council of Chapters. He was a dedicated Meals-On-Wheels volunteer. His interests included family, flying, hunting, fishing, metal detecting, and the Blue Top Gentlemen’s Round Table.


Estel will be missed by his family and everyone who knew him.


Memorial Contributions are encouraged in leau of flowers to the Lamar United Methodist Church and the Gideon’s International in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


Funeral services with full military honors will be conducted Tuesday January 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm at  Daniel Funeral Home with  officiating Pastor Donald Keithly.  Burial  will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Golden City, MO


Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Daniel Funeral Home.




#16 Topeka, KSWILLIAM GAULDING 2010-02-14 20:19
Betty and family. Just learned of Estel's passing and we want to express our sincerest condolences. While we had only met Estel and you in person that one time a few years back when we had a small family reunion there in Lamar, I have tried to keep contact or information on those that attended, afraid I may have slipped a little in doing that. Both my wife, Betty, and I
are so sorry to hear of Estel's death.
May the Lord be with you at this time of your loss.
#15 Lamar, Mo USAAlan F Washburn 2010-01-10 20:14
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. We are so sorry for
your loss.
#14 LamarTina Felkner 2010-01-05 12:34
Betty and family,

Skipper and I have such wonderful memories of you and Estel and the Lamar Airport. Estel was a truly wonderful man, and he will be sorely missed.

Skip and Tina Felkner
#13 Lamar MOBetty Purinton 2010-01-05 11:30
Betty, David, & Connie
I will always remember Estel as a gentle
and caring person, yet he had such a
humorous side. He had to to be able to
put up with a group of women. I have many memories of going to Pittsburg, Carthage or Joplin swimming, stopping for burgers, laughing and the "good times" we all had. My prayers are that you will be able to remember all of the
"good times" during your loss.
#12 Bolivar, Mo.Richard Sides 2010-01-04 20:09
Betty & Family, I,m so sorry to hear about Estel death. My prayers are with you & all the family. I will be thinking of tomorrow. Sincerely, Richard Sides
#11 Bolivar, Mo.Richard Sides 2010-01-04 20:00
Betty & Family,

My thoughts & prayers will be with you all during this time of lose. I'm so sorry I cannot be there tomorrow. I really wanted to come. Sincerely, Richard Sides
#10 Joplin Mo.RJ BAILEY 2010-01-04 16:45
My family and i send our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Col.Estel H. Gideon, you are Sir and will be forever remembered as a True American Hero, May you family peace and comfort in the words of our Lord at this difficult time.

Senior Ride Capt.
Patriot Guard Riders
#9 Raytown MOSuzy King Bruce 2010-01-04 10:52
Betty, Connie, Ralph, David & Kay,

There is so much talk about heros today because of someones job title, Estel was a true hero in the way he lived. His service to his county, family and community was role model. I know that everyone who knew him morns with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#8 Lamar, MOSusan Mabe 2010-01-04 09:56
Dear Betty,
Deepest Sympathy in the death of your husband, Estel. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God strengthen you in the days ahead.

Susan Mabe
#7 Joplin, MOKerry Lee Divine 2010-01-04 08:44
Dear Betty, Connie, David & Families,
Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. The Gideons have always been a mainstay of the community and specifically our past. We'll remember Estel and your family with fondness and happy memories. So sorry we cannot get to Lamar tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Kerry & John & all the Lee Family

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