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Otis Dwain Virtue

Otis Dwain Virtue, son of the late Oley and Thelma (Proe) Virtue, was born on October 11, 1941 in Mountain Grove, Missouri, and passed away on August 6, 2014 in Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mountain Grove at 72 years of age.

Dwain attended Dunn School and then finished his schooling in Mountain Grove where he graduated with the class of 1959. After graduation, he went to work for Sunny Hill Poultry in Cabool, Missouri, as a truck driver. He also drove for other companies including Dodds Truck Line and Mid-America Dairy. Later, Dwain purchased his own truck and drove for Wade’s Truck Line and then finished his career with Consolidated Freight. Dwain was a member of the Teamsters for 30 years.

In 1971, Dwain married Monty Hitchcock. They made their home in Mountain Grove. Monty passed away in 2006.

After retirement, Dwain enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his nephew, Curtis, and his niece, Katie. If someone ever needed to find Dwain, the first place to look was always McDonald’s. Friday nights you could find him cheering on the Mountain Grove Panthers.

Dwain was a member of Trinity Free Will Baptist Church of Cabool and enjoyed attending as long as his health permitted.

Besides his parents, Dwain was preceded in death by his wife, Monty, and his brother-in-law, Clifford Kelley.

Dwain is survived by his sister, Lois Jean Kelley; his brother, David Virtue and wife Kim; one nephew, Curtis Virtue and wife Tonya; one niece, Katie Peterson and husband Pete; one great-nephew, Case; and four great-nieces, Kaylee, Kinlee, Raylee, and Rylee, all of Mountain Grove. Other special family members include, his godson, Jake Childs and his family, Pam, Garry, and Ellie, of Traverse City, Michigan; his goddaughter, Jolanda Blackwell and husband Chris of Mountain Grove; and Jessie “Short” and Jessica Goss of Mountain Grove; and many, many friends and family who will miss him greatly.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 11, 2014, in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Donnie Wells officiating. Song selections were “Amazing Grace,” “Farther Along,” and “Old Rugged Cross” rendered by Fern Dugger and Marsha Pamperien. Curtis Virtue, Pete Peterson, Jake Childs, Chris Blackwell, Walker Shannon, and Christopher Shannon served as pallbearers. Bob Prock, Bill Freeman, Roger Hillhouse, Don Howerton, Jesse Goss, Spunk White, and Paul Harker served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was in Pleasant Home Cemetery, Drury, Missouri, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.

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