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Weldon Marchel Laws

Weldon Marchel Laws, son of the late Arvin and Mammie (Gaulding) Laws, was born January 5, 1922 in Bado, Missouri, and passed away September 12, 2016 in Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was 94 years, eight months, and seven days of age.

He was raised by his father and stepmother, Elva, in Bado and attended Cabool Schools. He later attended and graduated from Wichita State in Wichita, Kansas, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Weldon was united in marriage to Inez Lavada Estep on March 8, 1942 in Houston, Missouri. They adopted two children, Randy and Nancy, to make their family complete. He was very devoted to his family and loved spending time with them.

He was a retired major with the United States Air Force. He was also a small aircraft pilot. Weldon was a charter member of Mountain Grove First Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He loved serving others and being involved in his community. Weldon was a Master of the Royal Secret of the 32nd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite with the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge #303. Also, he and Inez helped start Mountain Grove Crisis Center.

Weldon loved to watch the news, financial programs and all sports, but especially loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a die-hard Cardinals fan and would get mad when they lost a game.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Inez; two brothers, Merele and Ukle “Glenn” Laws; and one stepsister, Velma Hann.

He is survived by one son, Randy Laws of Merriam Woods, Missouri; one daughter, Nancy Scott and husband Milo of Cabool, Missouri; four grandchildren, Brooke Elizabeth Laws, Katharine Lynne Laws, Donnie Ficken, and Mike Ficken; two greatgrandchildren, Derek Ficken and Dylan Ficken; and many other family and friends who will miss him very much.

Visitation was held Friday, September 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Mountain Grove. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the church with Rev. Fred Barker officiating. Dylan Ficken, Milo Scott, Tony Estep, Albert Estep, Craig Estep, and Jake Gower served as pallbearers. Song selections were “The Living Years,” “Unchained Melody,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “Let This Be My Prayer” rendered by Diana Edwards and Dylan Ficken. Burial was in Bado Cemetery, Texas County, Missouri, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.

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