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Neal Gaydou

Monday, November 28, 2011

Neal Whaley Gaydou passed from this life to his heavenly home on Nov. 25, 2011 at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Mt. Vernon where he had been a resident for the last two months. He was born in Monett, Mo. on Dec. 9, 1924 to Ed and Lynna Gaydou, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dora Morris Gaydou of Carthage, Mo.; two sons: Gary and Jean Gaydou, of Monett, Mo.; Ellis and Debbie Gaydou, of Wentworth, Mo.; four daughters: Judy and Gary Wampler, Carthage; Beverly and Gary Jenkins, Bolivar; Donna and Charlie Willis, Harrisonville; and Joyce and David Shaw, Carthage; one sister: Virginia Hoggett, Vinita, Okla.; one half sister: Maurine Williams, Texarkana, Okla.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Birchie Gaydou and two brothers; Charles Gaydou, Birch Run, Mich. and Kay Gaydou, Los Angeles, Calif. and one sister, Nadine Hawkins, Red Bluff, Calif.

Neal was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, rural Pierce City and was a 1944 graduate of Pierce City High School. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a military policeman #677. In September, 1944 he met qualifications as a marksman M1 rifleman. He participated in the Battle of Luzon GO 33 WD 45. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and the Philippine Independence Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 1, 1946. Neal was a member of the American Legion Post #419 in Freistatt, MO. Upon returning home from the service, he married Dora Morris on July 4, 1948. They made their home and raised their family in the Pierce City, Wentworth area. Neal was a lifetime farmer, although he did work at Teledyne, Neosho and retired from there after 10 years, returning to full time farming.

He and Dora retired to Carthage MO in 2005 where he lived until entering nursing home care in December, 2010.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at the Buchanan Funeral Home, 301 Euclid, Monett, Mo. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at the Buchanan Funeral Home. Dr. Bill Cox will officiate. Interment will be at the Liberty Cemetery, north of Monett. Military rites will be presented at the gravesite by the National Guard Juliet Team and the American Legion.

Contributions may be made to the Missouri Veteran's Home, Mt. Vernon, MO in care of the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buchanan Funeral Home.


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