Thomas Russell Priebe, 84, of Memphis, Missouri passed away January 17, 2019, at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. The son of Harold and Leora Judy Priebe he was born May 28, 1934, in Etna, Missouri, a community in southeast Scotland County.

Growing up in Scotland County he attended the Gorin schools. In his spare time, he spent his childhood hunting, fishing, horseback riding and helping his family on the farm. For a while he moved to Wenatchee Washington and there he worked at an apple orchard.

He met the love of his life at the Medill Roller Skating Rink while they were yet in High School and later married Delia Hauser on Dec. 24, 1953, at Kahoka, Missouri and to this union, four children were born: Tommy, Jody, Shelly, and Danny.

They started their life together when Tom enlisted in the U. S. Navy and spent four years in the service before he returned back home for them to purchase a family farm in rural Arbela, Missouri where they raised their family and it’s still in operation today. In 2002, they bought a house in Memphis and resided there until his passing.

Besides farming, he worked second shift at Sheller Globe as a maintenance supervisor and retired from there after he turned 60.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and twin granddaughters, Mandy and Candy Boyer.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Tom Priebe and his wife Cynthia of Ashland, MO, Jody Skaggs and her husband Ed of Huntsville, MO, Shelly Boyer of Memphis, MO and Dan Priebe of Arbela, MO; six grandchildren: Brandon (Lisa) Arnold, Natalie (Dustin) Cook, Andy (Amber) Boyer, Jamie (Chad) Nolke, Sidney (Ted ) Johnson and Madison Priebe; seven great-grandchildren: Chase, Hunter, Reese, Payden, Rhyder, Renlee and Kash; his sister: Doris Day; his sister-in-law: Delores Hauser Sims; three brothers-in-law: Clell (Pat) Hauser, Max (Jan) Hauser and Rex Hauser; along nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Memorials in his memory are either to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Scotland County Antique Fair Association in care of Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri.

Memorial services were held Monday afternoon, January 21, 2019, at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Brother Jack Sumption officiating.  Private inurnment will be held at a later date.

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

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