Gary L. Justice, age 69, of Williamstown, MO, died Friday, April 14, 2017 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.
He was born January 11, 1948 at his parent’s home near Williamstown, a son of Harry C. and Ruby Christine DeWitt Justice. He married Esther L. Haage on June 1, 1974 in Revere. She still resides on the farm together with her sons and their families.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Joshua (Chrisy) Justice and Chris (Ashley) Justice all of rural Williamstown; three grandchildren: Kaitlynn Justice, Emily and Kyle Gregory; a brother, Kenneth (Dee) Justice of Kahoka; sisters-in-law, Lola Justice of Kirksville, Majorie Haage of Hamilton, Laura Simmons of Mt. Sterling, IL, Goldie (Bud) Laymon of Revere, and Letha (Raymond) Sherrill of Kahoka; nieces, nephews and their families, many cousins, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clifford Justice; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Mary Haage (George) Beck, Mildred Haage (Robert A.) Simmons, and James Stanley Haage.
Gary attended Ballard school and graduated from Kahoka High School in 1965. He enlisted in the Mt. Pleasant unit of the Iowa National Guard and also worked at the Keokuk National Guard. His basic training was completed at Fort Leonard Wood. He and his brother, Clifford, began a trucking company they called Justice Farm Service and hauled grain from local elevators to Gregory Landing and Hubingers. Gary also did custom work for farmers. He owned his own spray equipment and contracted with Morgan Fertilizer and later Helena. He then worked full time for both, heading their construction projects. Later, he ran the seed treating plant in Williamstown and drove a nurse truck during heavy spray season.
Gary was a faithful member of the Neeper Christian Church where he served as a Deacon and also on the Cemetery Board. He was a member of St. Francisville Lodge #588, A.F.&A.M. and of Kahoka Chapter # 40, O.E.S., both of Wayland. He was a member of the Clark County Mule Festival and in charge of providing courtesy rides both on and off the grounds. Gary was a talented man who could rebuild anything whether mechanical or wood material. He was the carpenter everyone turned to.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating. Special music was recordings: “I Drive Your Truck”, “My Old Man”, and “Song for Dad”. Congregational hymn was “Blessed Assurance”.
Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Gregory, Emily Gregory, Katilynn Justice, Don Harris, Pete Henson, Norman Briscoe, Jimmy Lillard, Rex Pitford, Stanley Welker, Rick Lillard, Paul Ayer, and Charlie Briscoe.
Pallbearers were Ron Miller, Ron Boltz, Steve Kirchner, Jarrod Kirchner, Carl Trueblood, Tom LaFrenz, and Tim Graham.
Burial with military honors by Herman Blum Post #192 of the American Legion, Ayer-Boatman Post #4342 and Missouri Honors Personnel followed in Neeper Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home after 1 p.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. followed by a public Masonic Service beginning at 8 p.m.
Memorials were suggested to the Neeper Cemetery or the Clark County Mule Festival.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.