John Vernon Stallcup, 99, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Liberty Hospital.
He was born Aug. 9, 1914, in Upton, son of Preston C. and Mary Stottlemyre Stallcup. He and Thelma “Sim” Campbell were married Feb. 8, 1936, at the Texas County Courthouse.
He grew up in the Upton community and attended grade school there. He attended Houston High School and played for the basketball team, which won a tournament in Springfield in 1934.
He and his wife began their life in Dykes before buying a 40-acre farm just west of their current home.
After farming for a short time, he and his brother, Jerb, traveled to Washington in a Model A Ford. He took a job working on a ranch on the Chehalis River. He later worked as a logger and in a sawmill in Chehalis, Wash. He eventually became a policeman for the City of Chehalis.
He was drafted into the Army in 1944. He was part of the invasion of the Philippines and saw action on Leyte and Luzon. While in Manila, he was injured in a jeep accident. He returned to the states, where it was discovered that he had tuberculosis. He spent several years in the Army hospitals and during that time, he earned his high school diploma. He was discharged from the Army and returned home to Missouri.
He bought the Charley Campbell farm and became a dairy farmer, milking a large herd of Jersey cows and selling Grade A milk. In the mid 1980s, he changed from dairy farming to beef farming.
He served on several boards and advisory committees, including the Coffee School Board of Education, FHA Board and the Upton Township Board.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing the harmonica and singing at church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 77 years, Sim; three brothers, Floyd, Short and Jerb; and four sisters, Leah, Golda, Hazel and Shirley.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald of Vandalia and Jerry of Bucyrus; two daughters, Karen Gallucci of North Canton, Ohio, and Rita Alvarado of Holt; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; a brother, Bob of Bucyrus; two sisters, Velma Minnis of Chillicothe and Wilma Riek of Billings, Mont.; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Russell Kane officiating. Burial was in Hickory Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.