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Leonard Allen Roten, age 88, of Joplin, Mo., passed from this life on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
Leonard was born April 21, 1929, in Joplin, to Charles and Gertrude Peck Roten. Leonard was a 1948 graduate of Joplin High School, and a1950 graduate of Joplin Junior College. He received his bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University in 1955, and his master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1957. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Leonard served as Baptist Student Union director at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Ala., from 1957-1967. He moved back to Joplin, where he served as Baptist Student Union director at Missouri Southern State University from 1967- 1982. Leonard was a member of the Forest Park Baptist Church.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gertrude Roten.
He is survived by a cousin, Paula Klotz and husband, Dan, of Douglas, Kan. He is also survived by a host of students from Alabama and the Joplin area, many who answered the call to missions and/or church related ministry.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Richard Davenport officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to a scholarship fund in his name at the Spring River Baptist Association, 4037 East 7th. Street, Joplin, MO 64801.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin.
Published on November 25, 2017
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