Military veteran

John “Bud” S. Tarrants, 85, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, after battling cancer for several months.

He was born Sept. 7, 1925, in Gray Ridge, son of John and Linnie Bruce Tarrants. He and Eva Geary were married June 26, 1948.

He was a merchant marine during World War II. He then enlisted in the Army and was discharged in January 1948. His travels took him to many countries.

He has been a member of the Pipe and Steamfitters Local #246 in Fresno, Calif., since 1961.

He and his wife lived in the San Joaquin Valley in California until 1991. He worked almost 30 years as a union plumber in California. When his wife retired from nursing, they moved back to Missouri.

He loved the dogs and supported The Animal Shelter of Texas County. He enjoyed gardening and working jigsaw and crossword puzzles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Bill, Sam, Frank and Harold; and a sister, Mary.

Survivors include his wife, Eva of Houston; a daughter, Jeannie Scott of Houston; a son, Steve Tarrants of Venice, Fla.; two grandsons; a great-grandson; two sisters, Uneita Tarrants of Elwood, Ind., and Myrtle Donnelly of St. Louis; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Cremation will be done at St. Louis Cremation. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to The Animal Shelter of Texas County, 6931 Hwy. 17, Houston, Mo., or TCMH Hospice of Care, 1331 Sam Houston Blvd., Houston, Mo.

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