Lavern Madison, age 86, of Exeter, Missouri, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.
He was born July 26, 1934 in Cato, Missouri the son of George Earl and Elizabeth (Sturgell) Madison. On February 23, 2002 he was united in marriage to Diane Westenhaver, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Scott Madison and his wife Susan of Cassville, Missouri, Ken Madison and his wife Lori of Monett, Missouri, Kerry Madison and his wife Lisa of Cassville, Missouri and Terry Madison and his wife Angie of Monett, Missouri; two daughters, Shelley Madison of Monett,, Missouri and Carissa McCracken and her husband Jack of Shell Knob, Missouri; two step-sons, David Thrash and his wife Joan of Omaha, Nebraska and Aaron McCullough of Wichita, Kansas; one step-daughter, Lora Smoker of Warsaw, Indiana; one brother, Bud Madison of Cassville, Missouri; one sister, Reba Crane of Nixa, Missouri; nineteen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren, with three on the way and five great-great grandchildren with one on the way.
Lavern grew up in Barry County, Missouri. He attended Hailey School seven years, Oak Ridge School two years and Cassville High School, graduating in 1951. From 1960 until 1990 Lavern was employed with Missouri State Highway Department. In 1960 he also started shoeing horses, which he was still doing. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Exeter, Jenkins Saddle Club, Barry County Sheriff’s Posse and was previously president of Easy Riders. Some of his favorite pastimes were enjoying rodeos and he loved to trail ride with friends and family. He took second place in the USA National Cattle Penning.
Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 30, 2020 at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Pastor Randy Comer will conduct the services. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Cassville.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
Contributions may be made to Lavern Madison Scholarship Fund for Horseshoeing in memory of Lavern.
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