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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Roger O'Bannon

Aug. 4, 1928 - Oct. 30, 2008

Roger Earnest O'Bannon, 80, Madison, Mo., and formerly of Alta, died Oct. 30, 2008 at his home.

Funeral services were Nov. 2 at the Million-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel in Madison. Burial was at the Sunset Hill Cemetery, Madison.

Roger was born Aug. 4, 1928 in Chicago, Ill., to Russell and Alta (Ericksen) O'Bannon. His formative years were spent in Alta where he met Betty Vesgaard, his wife of 59 1/2 years.

He was a brakeman on the Illinois Central Railroad before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in the American Theater and received an honorable discharge. In 1995 he was a guest aboard the U.S. O'Bannon on a three-day work-up on the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1950, Roger moved to Madison, Mo. with his family, parents and brother. They became engaged in farming and he continued to farm with his son, Michael, until his retirement in 1991.

Roger was a member of the Mt. Airy Baptist Church, American Legion Post #0221, a charter member of the Madison Lions Club, a member of the Madison Rural Fire Protection and a past member of the Middle Grove School Board, Monroe County ASCS Committee and Monroe Planning and Zoning.

Roger is survived by his wife, Betty, Madison, Mo.; three daughters, Kristine Elsbury, Madison; Paula O'Bannon, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Gail Thompson and her husband Tim, Jefferson City, Mo.; two sons, Michael O'Bannon and his wife Donna and Kevin O'Bannon and his wife Marilyn, all of Madison; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edyth Wood, Centralia and Ruth Harrison and her husband Bill, Surgeon; sister-in law, Martha Nielsen and her husband Charles, Alta; and brother-in-law, Elwood Loving, Albert City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard O'Bannon; son-in-law, Lonnie Elsbury; four sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Airy Baptist Church or the Madison Community Center.

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