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Willard Vearl “Bob” Middleton

Willard “Bob” Vearl Middleton, son of the late Sanford Francis Middleton and Gladys Almeda (Williams) Middleton, was born on March 4, 1932 in Dawson, Missouri, and departed this life on August 30, 2016 at his home in Cabool, Missouri, at the age of 84.
Bob was a veteran of the Korean War, serving from October 15, 1952 until September 11, 1954.

He was united in marriage to Marjory Lavon Aldridge on March 17, 1955. To this union, two children were born, Lisa Jo Middleton and Bobby Joe Middleton.

Bob and Marjory owned and operated a pool hall and beauty salon on Main Street in Cabool for many years. Bob was most known for his years of carpentry work until he retired. Marjory passed away on July 23, 1992.

On October 13, 2001, Bob was united in marriage to Carolyn Fields. Bob and Carolyn enjoyed working in the yard, gardening and going to yard sales. Bob also had a love for pool and he spent many days at Mountain Grove Senior Center doing just that. He also enjoyed old cars and occasionally you could see him taking a drive in the convertible. Bob also loved to deer hunt.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Marjory, Bob was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Middleton of the home; his daughter, Lisa Whitney of Springfield, Missouri; his son, Bobby Middleton and wife Beth of Cabool; three grandchildren, Desiree Whitney of Springfield, Joshua Dewitt of Houston, Missouri, and Kyli Middleton of Cabool; and two great-grandchildren, Marleigh Whitney and Journey Washington of Springfield. Bob was also very fond of his stepdaughter, Carla Roberts, and her family and considered them as his own.
Bob was saved and baptized several years ago and attended Calvary Temple Church in Mountain Grove, Missouri.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2016, at the funeral chapel with Bill Morris and Darrel Loughridge officiating. Interment with full military honors was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Compassus and left in the care of the funeral home.

1 Comment

  1. marleigh on March 1, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    that is my pop/ grampa

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