Garry Eugene Heaslet

Garry Eugene Heaslet, 58, of Elk Creek, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born on October 1, 1953 in Turlock, California, the son of Herschel and Mary (Rushing) Heaslet.

Garry attended school in Turlock, graduating in 1971. Growing up, Garry worked in his parents’ store and on the farm. Shortly after graduation he enlisted and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He was united in marriage to Rebekah Hendon on June 30, 1974 and to this union five daughters were born. They moved from Turlock to Missouri in 1999 where they made their home until their passing. In recent years he accepted the Lord as his Savior and attended Maness Memorial Baptist Church in Cabool, Missouri. He always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Garry was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 35 years, Rebekah; his father, Herschel; and a sister, Shera.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Heaslet, and his grandson, Kevin Heaslet, of Elk Creek; daughter LaDonna Ward and husband Randy and children Justin, Levi, Matt and Christina of Lebanon, Missouri; daughter Tammy Stidham and husband Bobby and children Tyler and Trevor of Norwood, Missouri; daughter Tanya Lansdown and husband Kenny and children Deserae and Devon of Hartville, Missouri; daughter Christina Heaslet and Randy Volner and children Randy, Jordan, Christopher, Sabrina and Summer of Mtn. Grove, Missouri; daughter Rochelle Sweat and husband Tony and children Anthony, Andrew and Alise of Cabool; and great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Thompson of Grovesprings, Missouri.

Garry was a loving husband, father, son and friend; he will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Services were held on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at the funeral chapel with Rev. Terry Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Justin Heaslet, Levi Heaslet, Matt Heaslet, Randy Ward, Kevin Heaslet and Tyler Stidham. Honorary pallbearer was Kenneth Moore. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

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