Dr. Norman E. Justus, 83, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Friday, June 26, 2009 at 3:05 p.m., at Cox Monett Hospital.
Dr. Justus was born on January 1, 1926 near Marionville to Frank and Anna (Rowe) Justus. He graduated from Verona High School in 1943; he retired as Captain from the United States Navy, serving during WW II and the Korean Conflict. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1954 and Oklahoma State University in 1958.
Dr. Justus was a Research Agronomist with the United States Department of Agriculture for seven years and then served as Superintendent of the University of Missouri Southwest Center for 23 years. He taught Sunday school in the First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon, where he was a member, for more than 40 years.
He married Annabelle Crouch on September 7, 1946 and she preceded him in death on September 16, 2006. His parents and a son, John Robert Justus, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include: two sons and their spouses, Jackie and Rosemary Justus of Bath, Pennsylvania and Joel and Dana Justus of Aurora; one sister, Rosemary Arnold and her husband, Thomas, of Joplin; two brothers, Robert Justus and his wife, Mary, and Jerald Justus, all of Verona. Six grandchildren, Jeremy Justus of Indianapolis, Indiana, Julie Justus of Arlington, Virginia, Jennifer Doubleday and husband, Sonny, of Mt. Vernon, Jake Justus of Springfield, Joshua Justus and wife Stephanie, of Verona and Jared Justus of Aurora, and three great grandchildren, Dallas and Dalton Doubleday of Mt. Vernon and Iris Justus of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon with Rev. Tim Burgess officiating. Burial will full military honors will follow in the Mt. Vernon IOOF Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, June 29, 2009 in the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Endowment Fund or the Missouri Baptist Children's Home in care of the funeral home.
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