Jerry Lee Vandivort, son of the late Ira and Leona Vandivort, was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Mountain Grove, Mo., and passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, in Houston, Mo. He was 78 years, 2 months, and 1 day of age.
Jerry attended the Oak Grove one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade, and then he attended and graduated from Cabool High School. He then attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.
On Nov. 20, 1964, Jerry was united in marriage to Joyce Adkison in Mountain Grove. They bought a farm where they raised their family as well as hogs and beef cattle. Two children were born to this union, Jason and Julie. Last Sunday, they had their 52nd wedding anniversary together.
He worked for over 30 years at Brown Shoe Company in both Mountain Grove and Cabool. He worked on the assembly line and then he advanced and became the sewing machine repairman until the closing of Brown Shoe Company.
Jerry owned and operated a dump truck for over 40 years hauling gravel, dirt and equipment. He enjoyed attending bluegrass jam sessions, farm shows, antique tractor shows, auctions and telling jokes.
He was a member of the Ozark Older Iron Club, where he was recently awarded an honorary lifetime membership. Jerry was also a member of the Farm Bureau, First Baptist Church in Cabool and he was on the board of the Mountain Grove Rural Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Leona Vandivort.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce of their home; his son, Jason and his wife, Lacy, of Elsberry, Mo.; his daughter, Julie and her husband, Jared, of Mountain Grove; three grandchildren, Faith Davis (age 7), Jacob Vandivort (age 6) and Lexie Vandivort (age 4); one sister, Joy Case and her husband, Larry, of Fredericksburg, Va.; one brother, Bobby Vandivort; as well as nieces, nephews, and many friends who will miss him.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home in Mountain Grove with Joe Ben Whetstine officiating. David Splain, Edwin Rogers, Lonnie Holt, Dick Bressie, Keith Koehn and Eric Cooper served as pallbearers. Song selections were “I’ll Fly Away” with “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace” rendered by the Mennonite Choir. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Ozarks Older Iron Club c/o the funeral home. Burial is in the Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.