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Leland Dwayne Still, 82, passed away Jan. 18, 2018 at his home, in Carthage, Mo. Leland was born Dec. 18, 1936, in Barton County, to James A. and Nadeane "Stith" Still.
Leland was a lifetime resident of southwest Missouri, graduated from Jasper High School class of 1955 and served in the United States Army from 1960 to 1962. He was employed by the Missouri Highway Department for 17 years and was the manager of MFA Oil Company, in Jasper, for 27 years. He retired in 1999 and worked for the Jasper Special Road District for a few years. Leland attended the First United Methodist Church, in Carthage.
Leland was united in marriage to Karen Hern Jan. 31, 1958. She survives.
In 2006, he and Karen moved to Carthage, where he was known as the neighborhood "go-to-guy". He would gladly repair lawn movers, weed-eaters or anything with moving parts. He was always willing to help out in any way possible. His hobby was making animated wood lawn ornaments, which he gave away. There are birds and bees flying in many Carthage yards, as well as in other states. He was also known as "The Candy Man" because he always carried root beer barrels and passed them out to everyone.
Leland is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years; four daughters, Kelly Harris (Mike), of Carthage, Stephanie Still, of Battlefield, Lisa Still, of Carthage, and Melanie Clevenger, of Springfield; four grandchildren, Addi Peavler (Alvin), of Carl Junction, Mathew Still, of Mt. Vernon, Erin Harris, of Carthage, and Laken Walker, of Battlefield; four step-grandchildren, Heather McDermott (Chris), Amy Harris, Annie Goodwin (John), and Alex Brantley; one great- granddaughter, Aubrey Peavler; eight step-great- grandchildren, Addi Harris, Finn McDermott, Avery Harris, Will Goodwin, Carson Brantley, Cameron Brantley, Dakota Peavler and Mason Peavler; two brothers, James Still (Florence) and Richard Still (Fern); five sisters, Margaret Maley (L.H.), Bonnie Wilson, Maribeth Ward, Connie Barclay (Cecil) and Elizabeth Wilson (Bill).
Leland was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Nancy Still, Mermyl Wyant and Betty James; one brother, Harvey Still; and one step-grandson, Heath Harris.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Ulmer Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at First United Methodist Church, in Carthage.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, care of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Published on January 21, 2018
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