July 15, 2004

(10/23/1924 Ė 7/18/2004)

Herschel Melvin Humphrey passed away on July 18, 2004 at St. Johnís Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Herschel was born October 23, 1924 at Wilmathsville, MO, the son of Clinton and Monna (Dunham) Humphrey.

Herschel served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was discharged in 1946.

He married Ruby Mann on June 24, 1946 at Kirksville, MO.

Herschel was an auto body repairman by trade and worked for many years at dealerships in Fairfield, IA. He moved to Rockaway Beach, MO in 1983 and worked for several years at Clements Auto Body in Branson, then Auto Works in Forsyth until his retirement.

Herschel was a long-time member of the V.F.W. and was of the Lutheran Faith.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby, of 58 years; three children, Judy Wyble and husband, Bill of Bowling Green, MO, Reta Marks and husband, Bill of Forsyth, MO, and Kevin Humphrey of Rockaway Beach, MO; five grandchildren, Dena Nordyke and husband, Russell, Tony Greenfield, all of Bowling Green, MO, Tammy Barnett and husband, Shane of Hollister, MO, Christina Miller and husband, James of Ft. Lewis, WA, and Jennifer Hull and husband, Shawn of Anacortes, WA; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Maxine Neal of Republic, MO, Fern Bratton of Kirksville, MO, and Minnie Mahler and husband, A.J. of Fletcher, OK; two brothers, Paul Humphrey of Orangeville, IL, and Earnest (Joe) Humphrey of Queen City, MO. Herschel is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bernard Humphrey and Chester Humphrey and one great-grandson.

Herschel was an honest, hard working man who was devoted to his family. He was respected by all who knew him and he will be forever appreciated and loved.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. at the Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery in Branson, MO. Memorials may be sent to the Herschel Humphrey Memorial Fund, c/o P.O. Box 1342, Forsyth, MO 65653. Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home, Branson, MO is in charge of arrangements.

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