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     Steven Loren Mitts. Sr., age 58, of Milo, MO, died Thursday September 16, 2010, at Freeman Hospital West, Joplin, after a sudden illness.

      Steven was born October 4, 1951 in Nevada, Missouri, to Willie F. and Ruth (Howell) Mitts and was raised by Willie and Vera (Burdick) Mitts.  He graduated from Lamar High School in 1969 and was a life-long resident of Vernon County. On November 21, 1978, at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, he married Ruby Elaine Williams and they enjoyed nearly 33 years together.  He was a member of Milo Baptist Church where he was baptized.  Steven worked as an assistant produce manager for Harter House, retiring in 2009.  An avid outdoorsman, Steven loved camping and hunting.  His greatest joy came from spending time with his family and friends, playing cards or the simple pleasure of good fellowship and conversation.

      Survivors include his wife, Elaine of the home; five sons and their wives, Timothy A. Mitts & Robyn of Lamar, Steven Jr. & Michelle Mitts of Joplin, Bill Jr. & Lisa Householder of Stockton, MO, Jack E. & Monica Householder of Bronaugh, MO and Troy & Jennifer Householder of Nevada, MO; two daughters, Tonya A. Dickerson and her husband Carey, of Sparta, MO, and Missy M. Stansill, of Bronaugh, MO.  Additional survivors include the brothers-in-law, Doug, Eddie, Kevin, Ronnie and Danny Williams, the one he called “his Bro”; three sisters, Georgia L. Carr and Bonnie S. Hobson, both of Lamar; and Karen Smith, of Nevada; 29 grand children and many great grandchildren.

      Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Daniel Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 pm Saturday.  Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Lamar.

      Memorial contributions are suggested to   Children’s Miracle Network in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#10 martha 2011-10-13 01:06
Bonnie and Corky, I'm so very sorry. I didn't know Steve had passed away. I love you both.
#9 Nevada MoFred Bozworth 2010-09-23 12:54
I am sorry to here about steve he is my cousin my prayers will be with you guys sorry and take care and god bless you guys Love Fred
#8 Fort Scott, KSJennifer Hagerman 2010-09-21 18:04
I am so sorry for the grief that you must be going through. For so many years our lives have been intertwined whether from our younger years or our childrens. I was not aware of the funeral date or I would have given my condolences in person. I feel so bad for not being there for the family. I know some of us haven't seen each other for a while but my friends are always in my thoughts and prayers and I try never to forget anyone. Loss is hard but through family we make it through. I will have you in my prayers.
#7 Harlingen, TexasErnie, Angel, and Caleb Smith 2010-09-20 11:00
Wow! Elaine, I was going to mention your precious family by name and realized it is quite a list. You are a woman of many blessings from the Lord. I remember the first time you introduced Steve into the family. I am so proud you all were blessed with many years together. My momma loved you soooo much, as you well know, and like me I know you wish you could get a hug from her now. You and I, we will have to wait for another hug, but we know for certain her arms are wrapped around Steve. Elaine, fun and laughter, that's what I think of when I picture you and Steve. Keep your precious memories, cry when you want, and laugh when you remember. Please know how much you are loved. We will all miss him and his mile smile!.
Love all, Angel Hendrix Smith
#6 Nevada, MOPaula Fellows-Matherly 2010-09-18 15:42
Dear Elaine and family, I went to school with Steve and he was such a nice guy. We had alot of laughs and he was just a good friend. He always had a smile of his face. Even though I had not seen Steve in alot of years, he was still a friend. He will be missed by many people. You and your family are in my prayers. God Bless
#5 Nevada, MOConnie & Ed Oyer 2010-09-18 14:53
Elaine & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
#4 Lamar, MORalph Shumaker 2010-09-18 05:23
Hello, Elaine, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers & the prayers of the "Class of 1965" are with you. We pray that God will comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
-Ralph Shumaker
#3 terri braker 2010-09-17 14:12
Bonnie and Georgia I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
#2 Pilot Grove, MOMary Kurtz White 2010-09-17 13:19
Tim my heart felt sympathy goes out to your family during this time. You are in my heart and prayers.
#1 Metz, Mo.Dave & Debbi Beerman & family 2010-09-17 13:15
So sad to hear of the passing of your loved one. We did not know him personally but know many of the family members. We send our sympathy and prayers to all the family. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around each of you.

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