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Theodore Reginald “Pete” Liska

Theodore Reginald “Pete” Liska, 76, son of the late George and Emma Kathryn (Skelton) Liska, was born April 20, 1938 in Mountain Grove, Missouri, and went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Jordan Creek Nursing and Rehab Facility in Springfield, Missouri.

Pete was saved and baptized at an early age. He worked as a driver for Coca-Cola and Colonial Bread in Mtn. Grove and the Carr Shade factory in Springfield. Pete retired from Mid-Am Dairy in Cabool, Missouri, after working there for 23 years and, at the same time, working on the family farm.

Pete married Sue Wrinkles in 1957. Three children were born to this union: Susan Elaine, Mona, and Jeff.

In 1971, Pete married JoAnn Foley. JoAnn had two children, Debbie and Doug. Together they made their home on the Liska farm in Mountain Grove.

His family could always see him doing what he loved, working on the farm. He greatly enjoyed his family coming to visit, especially the grandchildren. Pete worked very hard all of his life to support his family.

Pete was a gentleman whose genuine smile, sense of humor, and caring personality allowed him to make friends easily; he never knew a stranger.

Besides his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn (Foley) Liska.

 He is survived by his children, Jeff Liska and wife Misti of Mountain Grove, Susan Elaine Ward of Strafford, Missouri, Mona Gail Cooper and husband Kevin of Springfield, Doug Foley and wife Kelly of Strafford, and Debbie Lawson and husband Mark of Strafford; one brother, James Liska and wife Betty of Arkansas; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many other friends and family who will miss him dearly.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel in Mountain Grove. Interment was at Lone Star Cemetery in Mountain Grove.
 The family requests contributions to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association c/o the funeral home.

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