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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.

 
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Bob and Wanda Hammond   |2017-04-16 17:19:43
Helen and family,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We have many good
memories of you and Lonnie over the years and will surely miss him.
Dean and Betty Dockery  - Sugar Land , TX   |2017-04-17 08:47:42
Sorry to hear this bad news. Lonnie was one of the good people in this world. I
will miss him.
Howard Dockery and family  - Dallas   |2017-04-17 10:43:29
Helen,
Please let us know if we can help you. We will all miss cousin
Lonnie.

Howard
Jan and Neal VanGilder  - Lamar Mo   |2017-04-17 12:42:02
Helen and family, so very sorry to hear the news of Lonnie's passing. We are
praying for your comfort and peace.
Elizabeth Helvey (Divine)  - Lamar, Missouri   |2017-04-17 19:10:12
So sorry to hear of your loss. Always enjoyed working with Lonnie. He always had
a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Clint & Cara Boucher  - Joplin, Missouri   |2017-04-18 06:44:31
Aunt Helen, Lonna, Dawna, Mendy, Todd & kiddos -- We're so sorry for your loss
and plan to see you Wednesday. Please let us know how we can help. Thinking of
Lonnie puts a smile on one's face. He was a hoot.
Wilburta Arrowood  - Napoleonville, La   |2017-04-18 08:50:27
Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. We will miss Lonnie. May God grant you and
yours peace as you make this transition.
Brenda Dockery  - Jasper Missouri   |2017-04-18 09:06:19
Thinking of you Helen and family at this time. We was loved by many and will be
missed very much.
Jerry Gartman  - Morehead City, NC   |2017-04-18 16:19:15
Helen,
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.
Carolyn Taffner  - Lamar, MO   |2017-04-18 16:20:03
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.
Hazel Hoerman  - Lamar,MO   |2017-04-18 17:32:39
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.
Jeanette Frogge McColm  - Kansas City MO   |2017-04-18 22:46:17
So sorry to hear of Lonnie's passing.
Imogene Brooks  - Lee's Summit, Mo   |2017-04-19 00:25:22
Helen, sorry for your loss. Lonnie will be missed. My prayers are with you and
you family.
Tom & Sondra Riegel  - Lamar, Mo   |2017-04-19 13:22:02
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.
Susan (Oliver) Robinson  - Mulberry, KS   |2017-04-19 18:21:54
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.
Carl Arft & Susie Keepper  - Tulsa, OK   |2017-04-25 12:16:12
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.
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