Richard L. Templeton, 70, of  Arbela, Missouri passed away on Thursday morning, May 25, 2017, at his home near Granger.

The son of Lee and Anna (Nixon) Templeton, he was born on September 10, 1946 in Keokuk, Iowa.

He graduated from high school in Wyaconda, Missouri.

Richard married Sheryl Smith on August 10, 1980. They are the parents of three children: Kellie, Cindy, and Chuck.

Richard was a member of the Presbyterian Church and actively worked at the Granger United Methodist Church.

He worked factory jobs, did woodworking, truck mechanics, and enjoyed watching the baby calves in the spring while farming.  Richard always wanted to help people.  He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl of the home; two daughters, Kellie (Jimmy) Dixon and children, Ricky, Tabitha, Tara and Susan; Cindy (Marcus) Nerad and children, Andy and Grace; son Chuck (Aime) Templeton and children Baleigh, Kennedy and Logan; three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Liam and Sophia; along with his acquired grandchildren, Delsin and Tessa; a brother-in-law, Weston Smith and Rhonda Marsden; two nieces, Tori and Ronnie; cousins and many friends.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Granger Methodist Church or the Granger Cemetery Association and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 28, 2017, at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis. Officiating the service was Pastor Marilyn Fitzgerald assisted by Pastor Homer Poor.  Interment followed in the Granger Cemetery at Granger, MO. Pallbearers were Gary Parrish, Brian Burr, Tobby Burr, Aaron Burr, Devin Holt and Brent Rockhold.

Online condolences may be sent to the Dick Templeton family by logging onto Payne’s website at

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