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Richard Henry Yazel

December 13, 1931 ~ January 28, 2019 (age 87)

     Richard Henry “Dick” Yazel, 87, Nevada, MO passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at his home in Nevada following a lengthy illness. Richard was born December 13, 1931 in Harrisonville, MO to George A. and Neomi Ruth (Wiggington) Yazel. On October 10, 1980 he was united in marriage to Marilyn A. (Foster) Bowles in Nevada and she survives of the home.

    Richard was born in Harrisonville, MO and raised in the Freeman, MO area. He came to Nevada with his family at the age of 15.  Following in his father’s footsteps, he began working at Newton Burial Park in Nevada in addition to opening and closing graves throughout Vernon County.  He retired as sexton from Newton Burial Park in 2014 following 60 years of employment. Richard enjoyed camping and fishing, going to Silver Dollar City, and traveling in the Ozarks. He attended the First Christian Church in Nevada.

     In addition to his wife Marilyn he is survived by his children, Donna Smith and her husband Bill, Otterville, MO, Richard J. Yazel and his wife Marilyn, Enid, OK, Debbie Jenkins and her husband Sam, Mound City, KS, Rhonda Harris and her husband Steve, Milo, MO, Justin Bowles and his wife Jodi, Carthage, Monique Danley, Kenai, AL; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Milton (Junior) Yazel, Miami, OK; one sister, Helen Wood, Walker, MO; sister-in-law, Anne Yazel, Nevada; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gerald Yazel, and Lowell Yazel; grandson, Christopher Harris; and an infant granddaughter, April Jenkins.

    Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor David Rorabaugh officiating.  Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Friends may call for viewing from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

     In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus of Lamar in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

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