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Kenneth Gary Hoots, 76 – Passed August 17, 2019

Kenneth Hoots, son of the late Marion Frank and Opal Ruby (Reed) Hoots, was born December 16, 1942, in Mount Ararat, Missouri, and passed away August 17, 2019, at Cox Health in Springfield, Missouri. He was 76 years, eight months, and one day of age.

Kenneth went to school at Mount Ararat through the eighth grade and then went to Cabool High School where he graduated.

Kenneth was a truck driver and owned the bus stop in Cabool, Missouri, where he also was a cook. Then he started driving for Continental Trailways. Later, he bought his own trucks and hauled corn and grain for himself through the winter months and hauled asphalt and rock in the summer. He would also haul milk for Mid-Am in Cabool when it was slow to make ends meet. He went on to buy several over-the-road trucks and operated them himself.

In 1986, he sold his trucks and went to work for Arkansas Freight, which later became Fed Ex Freight. He retired from Fed Ex Freight in 2007. During this time, he also started a beef cattle farm with his son, Kelly. Working with his son was one of the biggest joys of his life.

In his spare time, Kenneth enjoyed fishing, attending the dirt track races, watching his son race ATVs, going to truck and tractor pulls, and visiting with friends and family. He was never in too much of a hurry to stop and visit.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Billy Hoots; and one sister, Marjorie Scott.

He is survived by his son, Kelly Hoots of Mountain Grove, Missouri; four grandchildren, Haley Hoots of Springfield, Missouri, Kaleb Hoots of Mountain Grove, Preston Johnson of Seymour, Missouri, and Hannah Hoots of Mountain Grove; two great-grandchildren, Daylynn Hoots and Brynlee Goodwin; his sister, Kathleen Scott; Kelly’s mother, Lucille Steffey; and many nieces and nephews and friends who will miss him.

Visitation was held Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home. Funeral services followed the visitation at 2:00 p.m., also at the funeral home, with Rev. Gene Edwards officiating. Song selections were “Long Hard Road,” “Have Thine Own Way Lord” and “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good.” Shay Cardin, Kelly Hoots, Rocky Coonts, Alex Noble, Charles Luallen, and Rob Smith served as pallbearers. Burial was in Mount Ararat Cemetery, Douglas County, under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Ararat Cemetery in care of the funeral home.