John  Egelston


John Martin Egelston, 78, of Carthage, MO, walked through Heaven's Gate into eternal life April 9, 2019.
Martin was born to John and Opal Egelston on January 6, 1941, in Sandwich, IL, as the third of five children. He grew up helping his dad in the cattle business in several states. In 1959, his family moved to Carthage to manage Senator Richard Webster's Flying W Ranch. Martin graduated with the Carthage High School class of 1959, and served in the Army Reserves for six years.
On September 30, 1961, he married Janice M. Hutchins of Carthage. He entered the field of Commercial Refrigeration, where he worked for his father-in-law, and later worked as a business owner and independent contractor. He stayed in that line of work until he retired in 2013. In his retirement years, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, visiting with his buddies at the YMCA, having breakfast with his pastor, being with friends, and attending his church. Martin loved his family and was well known for his great sense of humor.
Martin is survived by his wife, Janice; his son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Vera Egelston, of Joplin, MO; his daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Tim Cooper, of Reno, NV, his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Brent Frakes, of Cleveland, TN; nine grandchildren; and sister, Forrest Sue Egelston, of Elizabethtown, NC.
Martin was preceded in death by his daughter, Deidra Egelston, of Grove, OK; brother, Russell; and sisters, Janet and Anna.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. with services immediately following at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Baptist Church, in Carthage, MO. Interment will be at Carthage Park Cemetery.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Shriners Hospital ( and Crossroads Baptist Church (PO Box 676, Carthage, MO 64836).
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Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
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Sam Porter, Carthage, Missouri
Apr 14, 2019
He was a very nice man of GOD that I have known for a long time, married to a wonderful woman and was respected within the community. He is at peace eternally with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. GOD bless his family.
Linda Capps
Apr 11, 2019
Im so sorry for your loss Janice. Prayers for you and your family.