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William Jarvis(1923 - 2013)

William "Bill" Jarvis, 90, Union, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Union.

He was born Jan. 14, 1923, in St. Louis, the son of the late Otis Jarvis and wife Minnie, nee Farney.

Bill received his education in Gerald. He was united in marriage to Zena Gordon in 1940 and seven children were born to this marriage.

Bill served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from 1944-1946 and received the Purple Heart for his actions. He was employed by Ford Motor Company in St. Louis for many years, later he became a barber and operated Town and Country Barber, Union.

While living in Union, Bill was an active community volunteer. He was a member of the Union Volunteer Fire Department and also a volunteer for the Union Ambulance District.

In 1988 Bill moved to Poplar Bluff where he continued being an active member of the community. He was a volunteer with the Local AARP and Veteran Administration in Poplar Bluff, and was also Best Democrat of the Year in Butler County.

Bill was united in marriage to Joyce Beck March 24, 1995. The couple moved back to Union in 2008.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Gloria and Linda Jarvis in infancy; one brother, James Jarvis; and one sister, Marguerite Jarvis.

Bill is survived by his wife, Joyce Jarvis, Union; three sons, Gordon Jarvis and wife Kay, Washington, William Jarvis and wife Cathie, Wildwood, and John Jarvis and wife Brenda, Villa Ridge; two daughters, Cheryl Starling and husband Rod, Washington, and Mary Clonts and husband Kent, Union; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jacquelyn Wright, California state; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. at Oltmann Funeral Home, Union, with Monsignor Matthew Mitas officiating.

Burial followed in Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Heartland Hospice.

To send condolences to the family visit www.oltmannfuneralhome.com.

The Jarvis family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.

Published in The Missourian on Mar. 6, 2013
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