Lawrence Wasson, June 19, 1926 — March 10, 2014, of Columbia

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 7:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Lawrence (Larry) Wasson, 87, Columbia, departed this life Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 13 from 5 -7 p.m. with funeral service on Friday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Larry was born on June 19, 1926 in St. Louis to the late Roy and Alice (Wiley) Wasson. He was married to Amy R. Hicks for 43 years and she preceded him in death.

He was a veteran who served in World War II & Korea. He first served in the Coast Guard (1943-46) and then in the United States Army as a Warrant Officer (1947-64) spending a great deal of time in the Alaska-Aleutain Islands. Upon retirement from the service, Larry started working for, and retired from, the United States Postal Service.

Larry was a member of the American Legion Post 202. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed teaching youth in the bowling leagues and Show-Me Games. He belonged to the Columbia 50+ Club and enjoyed attending many dances.

Survivors include his children: Karen Wallace, David (Regeana) Wasson, Brian (Lisa) Wasson, and Brenda (Archie) Devearux; grandchildren, Matthew Hoppe, Keith (Shannon) Hoppe, Chase (Crystal) Clay, Brandon Wasson (Amanda Motz), Becky Wasson (fiance Ben Thelen) and Ashley (Shane) Ray; eight great-grandchildren; his special friend, Violet Canole, and her family; as well as a host of other family and friends.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Hoppe; one granddaughter, Tabitha (Wasson) Wright. He was the last of his siblings to depart this earth.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Honor Flight and the American Diabetes Association.

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