Jimmie R. Jim DeSpain

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Jimmie R. "Jim" DeSpain

November 02, 1930 - July 19, 2018

Jimmie R. Jim DeSpain Jimmie R. "Jim" DeSpain, age 87, of Rocky Comfort, Mo., passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Medical Lodge, in Neosho, Mo.
He was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Gate, Okla., the son of Emmitt and Celia (Phelps) DeSpain.
In 1954 he married Shirlene Marney, and to this union seven children were born.
Surviving are one son, Jim DeSpain Jr. and his wife, Katrina, of Rocky Comfort; five daughters, Marti DeSpain, of Phoenix, Ariz., Nema Nyander and her husband, Bret, of Livingston, Texas, Renee Christman and her husband, Rick, of Stella, Mo., Christi Rippen and her husband, Jeff, of Decatur, Ala., and Trish Stephens and her husband, Lance, of Rocky Comfort; one brother, Leo DeSpain and his wife, Dana, of Lake Quivira, Kan.; one sister, Eunice Schell and her husband, Carl, of Mansfield, Texas; one sister-in-law, Sandy DeSpain, of Lavernia, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Joel Haynes, Tiffany Hale, Lindsay Johnson, Reece Steele, Jim DeSpain III, Brandon Tichenor, Nash Rippen, Vanessa Banks, Logan Moore and Toby Moore; 14 great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; one daughter, Pam DeSpain Channel; one granddaughter, Cassadi Rippen; one brother, Wendell DeSpain; one sister, Lola Speaks; and one brother-in-law, Bob Speaks.
Jim moved from Oklahoma to Missouri at the age of 4 ½ years. He attended Horton and Rocky Comfort Grade Schools and Rocky Comfort High School, where he graduated. During the Korean War he served in the United States Marines. For 34 years he operated a printing press for Hallmark Cards, in Kansas City. He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church, in Rocky Comfort. Some of his favorite pastimes were raising cattle, watching the Cardinals and he enjoyed going to Main Street Café and Country N, in Wheaton.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Prosperity Baptist Church, in Rocky Comfort, under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, in Wheaton. Burial, with military honors, will be at Union Cemetery south of Stella. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at McQueen Funeral Home, in Wheaton.
Contributions may be made to Prosperity Baptist Church in memory of Jim.
Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences.
Wheaton, MO - 417-652-7268
Published on July 24, 2018
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