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John Arthur Ewalt, age 80, of Baring, Missouri, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri.
He was born October 30, 1927, at Knox City, Missouri the son of Fred and Nellie Rae House Ewalt. On March 2, 2001, at LaBelle, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Barbara Woodard Shultz and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Fred Carter Ewalt and wife Carol of Jefferson City, Missouri and Anthony Ray Ewalt and wife Terry of Edina, Missouri, two step children, Annette Neagle and husband David of Rutledge, Missouri and Jan Doss and husband Wendell of Baring, Missouri, four sisters Roberta Agee of Edina, Missouri, Jewel See of Colony, Missouri, Carol Pemberton and husband Oscar of Eldon, Missouri, and Alice Gipson and husband Roger of Edina, Missouri, five brothers, Byron Ewalt and wife Euvanah of Edina, Missouri, Charles Ewalt of LaBelle, Missouri, Garland Ewalt and wife Betty of Phoenix, Arizona, Roy Ewalt and wife Mary Lois of Monmouth, Illinois and Albert Ewalt and Deloris of Kahoka, Missouri, seven granddaughters, Nellie Rae Ewalt, Ashley Colleen Parton, April Bash, Amanda, Anna, Alana and Kaitlyn Ewalt, five step grandchildren, Amy Doss and fiancée Brian Easley, Tyler and Katie Doss, Nickie and Matt Neagle, two great-grandchildren Trista Raelyn Parton and Lexi Marie Cahalan, and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents and one sister and one step grandson Michael Neagle.
Mr. Ewalt attended Island Rural School in Knox County and graduated from the Knox City High School in 1945. After his education he assisted his father in farming until he went into the United States Army. He served his country during the Korean War from December 1, 1950, through December 1, 1952. Upon his return from the military he went to barber school, graduating in July of 1961. John was employed as a barber in Kansas City, Missouri until 1964. He owned and operated his own barbershop in Knob Noster, Missouri until 1970 when he moved to Knox City. In 1975 he attended EMT School at Lewistown, Missouri and was a technician with the Lewis County Ambulance District until 1979. He was also a carpenter for the Byron Ewalt Construction till 1986.
John then began as a substitute rural mail carrier at LaBelle, Missouri and then was appointed as a full time rural carrier at Camdenton, Missouri for six months. On January 1, 1987 he began employment with the Edina Postal Service.
John was a member and past master of the Colony Masonic Lodge # 168 of Colony, Missouri, Moila Shrine Temple of St. Joseph, Missouri, member and Past Patron of Colony Chapter #543 Order of the Eastern Star at Colony, Missouri and LaBelle Chapter # 316 Order of The Eastern Star of LaBelle, Missouri. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Camdenton, Missouri, member and past commander of the Knox City American Legion Post # 358 and the Colony Methodist Church.
His hobbies include collecting toy tractors, antique International tractors, gardening and playing cards.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2008, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. The Reverend Mike Wilson will officiate the services.
Burial with full military honors will be in the Hurdland I.O.O. F. Cemetery conducted by Knox City American Legion Post # 358.
Musical selections will be Daddy’s Hands and The Family of God.
Casket bearers will be Larry Hubble, Gary Gooch, Bill Hayes, Elmer Parrish, Dickie Blackmore and Justin Parrish.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Masonic and Eastern Star services will be held Saturday, June 7, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel in Edina, Missouri conducted by Colony Lodge # 168 O.E.S and Colony Lodge # 543 A.F. & A.M.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of John Arthur Ewalt may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, Knox City American Legion Post # 358, Order of the Eastern Star # 543 Colony, Missouri or Colony Masonic Lodge # 168. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.