Joseph Jacob Love died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at the age of 85 years, at Groves Nursing Home in Independence, Mo.
He was born Aug. 13, 1919, to Joseph H. And Louise C. Loss Love at Mansfield, Wash.
He grew up on a wheat and livestock farm in Douglas County, Wash., near Mansfield. He herded sheep as a boy and started farming while in high school. He graduated from the Mansfield High School in May 1937.
He married Emma Verneal Maggard on May 12, 1954, at Fort Morgan, Colo. He continued farming near Mansfield until moving to the Pleasant Hill, Mo., area in the fall of 1957. There he operated a grain and livestock farm five years before moving to the Nevada area in the spring of 1963 where he raised livestock and farmed. After retiring from farming he worked as a custodian at the Nevada State Hospital for nine years.
He was a baptized member of the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). He was ordained a Deacon in 1950 and an Elder in 1972. He served as Sunday school teacher for a number of years. He also was a guide at the Community of Christ Historical sites in Nauvoo, Ill., for four two-month terms.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Verneal Love; his parents; and three sisters.
He is survived by his two sons, Aaron L. Love and his wife, Brenda, of Lee's Summit, Mo., Arlyn R. Love and his wife, Lauri, of Lamoni, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Emily, Gregory, Meredith, and Patrick Love of Lee's Summit, Mo., Melena, Paul, Travis, and Audrey Love of Lamoni, Iowa; one brother, Donald J. Love of Mansfield, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 2--3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. with Bill Garwood officiating. Burial will follow at Newton Burial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community of Christ or the charity of the donor's choice in care of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772.