September 20, 2012

(2/5/1927 - 9/11/2012)

Elmer Burdett Kice passed away on September 11, 2012, at the Scotland County Hospital following a long illness. The son of Otto and Laura Kice, he was born on February 5, 1927, in Arbela Missouri.

He married June Palmer on December 24, 1948 and to this union three children were born.

Burdett loved his family and spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

He attended Plum College grade school and graduated from Granger High School in 1943.

Burdett was a life-long member of the Arbela United Methodist Church.

Burdett was life-long farmer who enjoyed caring for his livestock. He was a devoted steward of the land and incorporated many conservation practices in his farming operation.

Burdett served on the Arbela and Scotland County school boards and was the President of the school board during the building of the new high school.

Burdett's hobby interests included his antique tractor ('54 MTA), coin collecting and his years as a student pilot.

Burdett was a 50 year member of the Grand Lodge of Missouri Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Memphis Lodge #16.

Burdett was elected County Commissioner-Western District where he worked hard to secure grants and funding to build bridges and roads.

Preceding Burdett in death, were his parents, Otto and Laura Kice, and a sister Ethel Louise, who died in infancy.

Burdett is survived by his wife, June, of 63 years and three children; Rhonda (Kice) Davis and husband Billy Davis, of Bellevue, NE, Ronald Kice and fiancée Elaine Cross of Memphis, MO and James Kice and fiancée Teri Herring of Memphis, MO, eight grandchildren; Chad Davis and wife Jennifer; Kimberley (Davis) Wilson and husband Jason; Tisha (Kice) Briggs and husband David, Tonya Kice, Jeffery Kice, Wyatt Kice, Megan Kice, and Braedon Kice: seven great-grandsons, Chase Davis, Gavin Davis, Jadyn Edwards, Cash Davis, Adrian and Isaac Briggs, and Palmer Kice, one brother; Delmar Kice and wife Clarice, four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Doris and Bill Guernsey, Donald and Patty Palmer, Lyle and Mary Ann Palmer, and Wayne and Nadine Palmer and their families. Also included are two special cousins, Okie Boyer and Leland LeClair.

Memorials may be made to the Arbela United Methodist Church, Hickory Grove Cemetery, or the Scotland County Genealogical Society, and may be left at or mailed to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 14, 2012, at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Homer Poor officiating. Interment followed in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in rural Scotland County near Arbela, Missouri.

Pallbearers were David Smith, Glenn Cowell, Charles Stevenson, Darrell Harvey, Tom Riebel and Steve Kirkpatrick. Honorary Pallbearers were Don Foster, Bob Trueblood, Tom Priebe, Kenneth Hauk, Kenneth Eggleston, Darrell Kraus, and Chris Montgomery. The Musicians were Connie Courtney, organist, and Joe and Lori Fulk were the vocalists.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

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