Richard Ellsworth Hancock, son of the late John Richard and Mary Opal Hood Hancock, was born in Puxico, Mo., on April 30, 1921, and died at the Puxico Nursing & Rehab Center in Puxico on March 16, 2011, at the age of 89.
He was raised in Puxico and attended the Clubb school near Puxico. He was a retired row crop and cattle farmer and was a member of the Duck Creek Missionary Baptist Church near Puxico. He had served as Duck Creek Township Tax Collector for 14 years, drove a road grader for Duck Creek Township, and had been a school bus driver for the Puxico Schools for several years. He was a member of the Puxico Masonic Lodge and enjoyed being with family.
On Jan. 15, 1943, he was married to Mary Lavern Kitchen in Acorn Ridge, Mo. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2004.
Surviving are three sons and spouses, Keith and Melba Hancock, Tim and Rhonda Hancock, Todd and Tammy Hancock, all of Puxico; two daughters and spouses, Debra and Bill Gillean of Fisk, Mo., Darla and David Crain of Puxico; daughter-in-law, Pat Hancock of Puxico; 15 grandchildren, Brian, Jaime, Richie, Ben, Brenna, Sophia, Timothy and Emerson Hancock, Jackie Wilkerson, Beth Stewart, Shellie Yarbro, William Gillean, Rachel Arnold, Brandi and David Crain; 12 great-grandchildren, Jordi, Elexa, Jensen, Brendan, Blake, Jaden, Devon, Avery, Addison, Ethan, Elise and Aiden. Other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Diane Hancock; one son, Larry Hancock; and one sister, Pauline Hendrix.
Visitation will be Friday, March 18, 2011, after 5 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Duck Creek Missionary Church near Puxico with the Rev. Ray Placher of Puxico and Bro. David Edwards of Poplar Bluff, Mo. officiating.
Interment will be in the Duck Creek Cemetery near Puxico with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of arrangements.