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     Lonnie Gene Wilson, age 74, of Lamar, Missouri, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin following a long illness.

     Lonnie was born November 4, 1942, in Sheldon, Missouri, to William and Lillie (Dockery) Wilson.  He attended Valley Rural School, graduated from Lamar High School in 1960, and served in the Army National Guard until honorably discharged in 1966.  On May 26, 1963, Lonnie married Helen Marie Beavers and they made their home and raised their family in Lamar.

      In addition to his 30-year career laying carpet, Lonnie had worked at Thorco for 13 years.  After retiring, he had more time to enjoy with his family and his favorite pastimes.  He was a naturally gifted musician and self-taught guitarist, playing with his family and others occasionally at dances.  An avid outdoorsman, Lonnie loved hunting, fishing, and bird-watching.  Each spring was filled with great anticipation for the return of “his” bluebirds to raise their babies in the houses he always had ready for them.  Lonnie and Helen were known and appreciated for the grapes and large gardens they grew and shared.  Always a Lamar Tiger fan, Lonnie attended every game as long as his health permitted and listened on the radio when he couldn’t be at the stadium. 

     Survivors include Helen, of the home; his children, Lonna (Jimmy) Jackson, Lamar; Dawna (Troy) Holzbach, Lamar,  Melinda Paynter, Carthage, and Todd Wilson, Lamar; grandchildren, Jeremy VanGilder, Dustin Jackson, Taylor Jackson, Jakob Holzbach, Keaton Holzbach, Alexis Paynter, Hayden Paynter, Macy Wilson and Trenton Wilson; great-grandchildren, Lillian and Natalie VanGilder; sisters, Maxine (Leo) Cox, Lamar, and Darlene Logan, Miller, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large extended family.

     Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Gerald as well as an infant sister and brother, an infant son, Kevin Gene; two grandsons, Ryan VanGilder and Bradley VanGilder.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, northeast of Milford, Missouri.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association, in care of the funeral home.



#16 Tulsa, OKCarl Arft & Susie Keepper 2017-04-25 11:16
We are sorry to hear about Lonnie. Lilly was a good Milford neighbor for years and we valued Lonnie's friendship. Our condolences to Helen and her family.
#15 Mulberry, KSSusan Oliver Robinson 2017-04-19 17:21
So sorry to hear of Lonnie's passing. Lonnie was the first guy I was allowed to date in high school. I remember those times well. We had a lot of fun in those days but unfortunately they didn't last. We both moved on. Lonnie chose his future well. Prayers for his family.
#14 Lamar, MoTom & Sondra Riegel 2017-04-19 12:22
So sorry about Lonnie's passing. Knew him all my life and seems he always had a smile on his face! You and your family are in our prayers.
#13 Lee\'s Summit, MoImogene Brooks 2017-04-18 23:25
Helen, sorry for your loss. Lonnie will be missed. My prayers are with you and you family.
#12 Kansas City MOJeanette Frogge McColm 2017-04-18 21:46
So sorry to hear of Lonnie's passing.
#11 Lamar,MOHazel Hoerman 2017-04-18 16:32
Helen and Family so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.It is so sad to lose another classmate from the Class of 1960.
#10 Lamar, MOCarolyn Taffner 2017-04-18 15:20
Dear Helen and Family,
I am so sorry that we have lost cousin Lonnie. I am so glad that he and I got to talk when he got out of the hospital the last time. I always thought a lot of him when we went to school together. He was an exceptional person that could make you feel good. I am sure he is having a great time right now, fishing and hunting with all his uncles & dad.
#9 Morehead City, NCJerry Gartman 2017-04-18 15:19
My prayers are with you. I haven't seen you or Lonnie for several years but do remember the good times Lonnie and I had at LHS.
#8 Jasper MissouriBrenda Dockery 2017-04-18 08:06
Thinking of you Helen and family at this time. We was loved by many and will be missed very much.
#7 Napoleonville, LaWilburta Arrowood 2017-04-18 07:50
Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. We will miss Lonnie. May God grant you and yours peace as you make this transition.

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