Military veteran

Douglas Wilton Hart, of Houston, Mo., passed away Sept. 11, 2016, at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 25 days. He was born April 17, 1925, to Kirby Ernest and Georgia Bell (Douglas) Hart at the family home at Roubidoux, Mo.

He was baptized at the age of 14 in the Roubidoux River and became a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He later transferred his membership to the Houston First Baptist Church.

Doug graduated in 1942 from Houston High School, where he excelled in playing basketball. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as WT 3/C aboard the USS Presley destroyer escort #371 in the South Pacific.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Douglas returned home and married his high school sweetheart Juanita Fourt on July 6, 1946. While living at Roubidoux, two daughters were born: Elizabeth Ann and Dixie Louise. In 1951, they bought and moved to the Douglas family farm west of Houston, living there until the spring of 2016.

Douglas farmed and raised beef cattle working with the Texas County Livestock Association for many years. He served on the Houston school board and was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation for 25 years, retiring in 1985.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 70 years, Juanita; his parents; brother, Robert (Bob); and sister, Imogene Hart Timmer.

Surviving him are his daughters, Ann (Roger) Martin of Skidmore, Mo., and Dixie (Earl) Edgar of Nixa, Mo.; four grandchildren, Leslie (Kerry) Nelson of Nixa, Mo., Bryan (Caren) Martin of Norfolk, Va., Brent (Jenn) Martin of Emporia, Kan., and Amy (Josh) Kell of Kirkwood, Mo.; six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Peggy Hart Evans and Mildred Melton; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Evans Funeral Home. Services begin at 11 a.m. in the chapel with Pastor Russ Stigall officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Bryan Martin, Brent Martin, Kerry Nelson, Josh Kell, Devin Hart and Corey Hart.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Research Association. Online condolence may be made at www.evansfh.com.

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