May 19, 2011

(6/30/1938 - 5/14/2011)

Lanny G. Clatt, age 72, of Kahoka, MO, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.

Lanny was born June 30, 1938 at home in Gorin, MO, a son of Guy Carson and Mary Belle Boyer Clatt.

On August 14, 1971, he was united in marriage to Mary J. Fry Hunziker in Kahoka.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Kahoka; two daughters, Janine A. Stephenson and her husband, Gary, of New London, MO and Cindy J. Eddleman and her husband, Travis, of Olathe, KS; three grandchildren: Kylie Stephenson of New London, MO and Meadow and Carson Eddleman of Olathe, KS; two step-grandchildren, Tara Zeiger and her husband, Steve, of New London, MO and Raini Raney and her husband, Brian, of Frankford, MO; six step great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenny Clatt and his wife, Sherrill, of Gorin, MO; a sister, Dianna Lanz and her husband, Gus, of Lee's Summit, MO; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Joyce and Dan Morgan of Sycamore, MO, John and Betty Fry of Keokuk, IA and Cathy and Darrel Seats of Deming, NM; uncle and aunt: Hollis and Anabel Boyer of Granger, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Lanny graduated from Gorin High School and served in the U.S. Army. For 35 years he was an employee of General Telephone, retiring on December 31, 1991.

Lanny was an outdoorsman at heart. He loved fishing and his trips to Canada, hunting and trapshooting. He raised pointer bird dogs for his own use and for sale to others. He enjoyed farming, raising livestock and growing a big garden. It also made him happy to be able to supply neighbors and friends with pumpkins and watermelon from his garden.

For many years he was a 4-H Leader and a mentor for the Clark Co. R-1 FFA Trapshooting Team. Lanny also loved family vacations, playing cards with family and friends, and going to Las Vegas. He never met a stranger, could talk for hours at a time, and was a regular at the local coffee shops. More than anything, Lanny loved his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. You knew you were special when he referred to you as "Leroy" and his sons-in-law were two of those who earned that special name. Lanny was a man of tall stature with an even bigger heart.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 20, 2011, at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Jim Campbell officiating. Special music was recordings "Angels Among Us", "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away", "Because You Loved Me", "I Won't Let Go", and "Look at Us".

Honorary Pallbearers were Guy Spence, Jack Edlen, Dean Hess, Ted Gundy, Bobby Plenge, Thelma Bryant, Johnny Blanks, Evan Shick, Ron Shick, Ronnie Boyer, John Parker, Harold Trump , Gary "Bosco" Roberts and Ron Kutzner.

Pallbearers were Tim Lanz, Bret Lanz, Danny Clatt, Alan Erickson, Jordan Epperson, and Jesse Toyne.

Burial was in the Kahoka Cemetery with military rites by Herman Blum Post # 192, American Legion, Ayer-Boatman Post 4342, V.F.W., and the Missouri Honors Team.

Memorials were suggested to the Clark Co. Nursing Home Activity Fund, Clark Co. R-1 FFA, or Ashton Cloverleaf 4-H Club.

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