DAVID SIMMS LILLARD
David Simms Lillard, age 54, of LaBelle, MO died on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at his residence south of LaBelle, MO.
He was born November 23, 1953, in Akron, Ohio, the son of David Henry and Mardel L. Lofsted Lillard.
On April 29, 1978, at Kansas City, MO he was united in marriage to Beverly Parsons.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly Lillard of LaBelle, MO; two daughters, Rachel Lynn Lillard and fiancé, Stephen Downy of Prescott, Arizona, and Heather Marie Lillard of Prescott, Arizona; his parents, David and Mardel Lillard of Prairie Village, Kansas; two sisters, Diane L. Gwirtz and husband, Jeffrey of Manhattan, Kansas, and Sandra G. Lillard of Columbia, MO; one niece and one nephew, Mandy and Kyle Gwirtz.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack L. Lillard, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
David graduated from high school at Shawnee Mission East in Prairie Village, Kansas and also graduated from William Jewell College and Kansas State University.
David was engaged in farming south of LaBelle for over 20 years. He was a member of the LaBelle Masonic Lodge #222 A.F. & A.M., LaBelle Baptist Church, past Lewis County C-1 school board member, board member of the Lewis County Airport Authority, board member of LaBelle Manor Care Center and Wider Opportunities in LaBelle.
He was a fan of the Kansas State University Wildcats, a licensed pilot and 100% pure cowboy. He loved horses, fly fishing and being a dad.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO. Burial was in the LaBelle Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Robert Reed Miller, Jerry Kindhart, Norman Kendrick, Gary Dunn, Steve Scoggin and Gene Huebotter. Honorary Bearers were Lloyd Wehrman and James H. Williams.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2008, at the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO. Masonic Services were held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2008 at Coder Funeral Chapel conducted by LaBelle Lodge #222 A.F. & A.M.