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April 25, 2013

(10/28/1926 - 4/15/2013)

Lynn Davis Kirkpatrick was born October 28, 1926 on the family farm in Scotland County to Myron and Ethel Davis Kirkpatrick and died April 15, 2013, at Scotland County Hospital. He attended Union Grove country school and Memphis High School. He was a proud and enthusiastic FFA member during high school and received his American Farmer Degree in 1944. After graduation in 1943, he worked with his father on the family farm until entering the US Navy in 1946. Lynn served in the US Navy for two years and then the US Army Reserves for more than forty years. He retired from the Army in 1986 with the rank of First Sergeant. Several family vacations were spent accompanying him to Wisconsin for his two weeks of active duty training.

He married Anna Lynn Plenge December 23, 1951. They became parents of three children.

In the 1960s, Lynn was an assistant scout master of Troop 97 and many memorable camping activities took place on his farm. Later, ROTC from now Truman State University, and Army Reserve training exercises were conducted there. Lynn had a great desire for conserving and improving the land. If he believed a cause was worthy, he actively supported it with his time and energy. He was a member of the Land Improvement Contractors Association and was politically active in the American Agriculture Movement for many years. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church and helped to build the current parsonage. Lynn farmed his whole life on the farm that has been in the family since 1895.

Lynn and Anna Lynn traveled extensively during their sixty-one years of marriage venturing to China, Guam, Hawaii, and many European countries.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Elmer Kirkpatrick, and two sisters, Letha Wilma Musgrove and Ellen Margaret Davison.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Lynn, and children: David Kirkpatrick and his wife Mary Ann, Lynnette (Dyer) and her husband Jeff, and Philip Kirkpatrick, all of Memphis. He was blessed with four grandchildren; Julie Freburg, Michael Freburg and wife Lindsey, Ryan Kirkpatrick and Andrea Kirkpatrick; three step-grandchildren, Stephanie Dyer Penniston and husband Gary, Sarah Dyer, and Ryan Dyer; two great-grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren. Survivors also include one sister, Oleva Chance; brothers-in-law Keith Chance, Robert Plenge, and Walter Davison; sisters-in-law Nelda Kirkpatrick, Jean Plenge and Carol Plenge, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held April 18, 2013 at the Memphis United Methodist Church with Pastor David Howlett and Pastor John Davison officiating. Musicians were: Joan Hinds, Organist, Ida Lou Ross, Pianist and Tom Cotton, Vocalist. Pallbearers were: Ryan Kirkpatrick, Michael Freburg, Dale Musgrove, Rick Kindler, Ryan Dyer, Mike Thelen and Steve Kirkpatrick. Honorary pallbearers were: Bob Smith, John Johnson, Don Norton, Bill Lewis, Roy Monroe, Joe McVeigh, Robert Plenge and Bill Schwab.

Interment was in the Memphis Cemetery in Memphis. Military graveside rites were provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Payne Funeral Chapel of Memphis.

Memorials are suggested to the Memphis United Methodist Church or the American Legion and can be mailed to or left at the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 East Madison Street, Memphis, MO 63555.

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