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Ryland Dewey Whiteaker

Springdale - Ryland Dewey Whiteaker, age 98, of Springdale, Arkansas passed away surrounded by his family and loved ones on June 7, 2018. He was born at home, in Campbell, Missouri to R.D. Whiteaker Sr. and Edna Hall Whiteaker. He married the love of his life, Louise Franklin in 1940, who preceded him.

His is survived by his sister, Marceline Riggs, of Phoenix, Arizona; brother, Ray Whiteaker and spouse Leah of Kansas City, Missouri; daughters, Barbara F. VanVleck and spouse Harold VanVleck of Phoenix, Arizona, Sonja Sharp of Denton, Texas, Patty Hook and spouse Paul of Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and special friend Lola Brown of Springfield.

Ryland was a WWII Veteran and served as Field Sergeant and Battalion Weapons Sergeant in the United States Army. He was a lifelong member of the 4 mile Masonic Lodge #212 in Campbell, Missouri and served as Jr. Warden, Warden Jr. Deacon, Deacon and Worshipful Master. Ryland farmed 160 acres of the family farm in Campbell, Missouri growing cotton and grain crops until moving to Springfield, Missouri in 1957. He loved his church family and was a member of South National and East Sunshine Church of Christ. He enjoyed woodworking and made many projects which he shared with friends and family. He spent hundreds of hours on his hobby of model trains and built a train that consumed most of his basement to the delight of his children and grandchildren. He was proud of his career and time at Ark-Mo Power in Campbell and Southwest Power Administration in Springfield, Missouri. At the time of his passing, he was living in Springdale, Arkansas and loved spending time with this granddaughter, Robin Hood and spouse Denzil Hood, great-grandchildren, Amanda Hood, Logan Hood, Hannah Poulos and great-great-granddaughter, Lelia Hood.

Visitation services are at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, with services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Donations may be made to the Macular Degeneration Association or Fair Haven Children's Home in Strafford, Missouri.
Published in the News-Leader on June 12, 2018
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