John grew up in Mosby and served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a devoted husband, son, brother and stepfather. He worked in the surrounding areas as a surveyor and retired after serving many years as the Vernon County surveyor. He was a member of the Pine Street Baptist Church, Nevada. John enjoyed working on genealogy, gardening, fishing, being outside and spending time with his family.
He is survived by Mary, his wife of 13 years of the home; his mother, Amy Elizabeth Douglas of Mosby; three sisters, Nora Mae Edwards and her husband Robert of Ava, Mo., Betty Cazzell of Mosby and Georgia Gillham of Kansas City, Mo.; five stepchildren, Shirley White and her husband Larry of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Yvonne Hernandez and her husband Raul of Milo, Mo., Donna Wood and her husband Troy of Walker, Mo., Gordon Rhodes and Johanna Rhodes whom reside in Warrington, England; step daughter-in-law, Melinda Rhodes of Nevada; grandchildren, Paul White, Kelsey Wood, Maya Rhodes, Kristi Wardin, Daniel Kirkendall, Dustin Penker, Kimberly Elliot, James Jenkins, Brittany Stevenson, Natalie Hernandez, Jessie Hernandez, Jeremy Hernandez, Greg Lovewell and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was his father, Ivan Douglas of Mosby; stepson, John Rhodes of Nevada; a nephew, Fred Edwards of Rockaway Beach, Mo.; a niece Carol Elliott of Liberty, Mo.; brother-in-law, Ronald Cazzell of Mosby, Mo., and Juanita Douglas.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, March 8, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Nevada, with David Landwehr officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry White, Troy Wood, Raul Hernandez, Paul Rhodes, Gordon Rhodes, Danny Kirkendall, Dustin Penker, and Robert Edwards.
Memorials are suggested to the Vernon County Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Nevada.