He moved to Bloomfield when he was 10 years old and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1935. He was also a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1944 with a degree in Dairy Agriculture. He worked with Reddi Wip and retired from Hunt Wesson. He remained a devoted fan of the Missouri Tigers throughout his life. He was a former elder and deacon of the First Christian Church in Poplar Bluff and was presently a member of the First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ of Dexter. He was also a veteran serving in World War II.
He was a devoted husband of Lena Morgan Hyslop whom he married on June 20, 1959. He was also the loving father of Sue Grobe of Dexter and the late Margaret Anne Sifford; a grandfather of Morgan Sifford of Puxico, the late Chris Sifford, Sue Sifford of Sikeston, Kerri Kruse and Kristi Booker, both of Dexter; also by five great-grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews, whom he dearly loved.
Besides his parents, daughter and grandson, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Keepers and by one sister, Miriam Heinze.
Services will be held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Funeral services will then be conducted at 11 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating.
Interment will follow in the Morgan Memorial Park in Advance.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund or to 18 Fore Life, c/o Scott Kruse.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Morgan-Sifford Funeral Home in Puxico and the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.