Robert William Poyner

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Robert William Poyner, 87, Richards, Mo., died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Fort Scott Manor, Fort Scott, Kan., after an illness of a few months. He was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Richards, Mo., the son of Leo (Buzz) Poyner and Elsie Pearl Burris Poyner.

On Aug. 8, 1948, he married Grace A. Smith in El Dorado Springs, Mo., and she preceded him in death Dec. 15, 1981. On Sept. 9, 1982, he married Veta F. Villers in Richards, Mo., and she preceded him in death May 3, 1995.

Mr. Poyner was a life long resident of Richards and Vernon County, Mo. He was a Navy veteran and served during World War II. He worked 25 years for the Missouri Highway Department until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Scottish Rite, and Masonic Lodge No. 495 in Richards.

Survivors include, two sons, Jerry Poyner, Fort Scott, Kan., and Lynn Villers, Pleasanton, Kan.; three daughters, Cheryl Culp, Perry, Kan., Debbie Archer, Deerfield, Mo., and Linda Lundy, also of Deerfield, Mo.; two daughters-in-law, Linda Poyner, Fort Scott, Kan., and Connie Villers, Pleasanton, Kan.; one son-in-law, Vance Archer, Deerfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Jeff Poyner, Fort Scott, Kan., Kirk Poyner, Fort Scott Kan., Vanessa Poyner, Fort Scott, Kan., Kam Poyner, Fort Scott, Kan., Paul Lundy, Nevada, Mo., Brian Lundy, El Dorado Springs, Mo., Grace Lundy, El Dorado Springs, Mo., and Morgan Richards, Perry, Kan.; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia (Tootie) Meek and Martha Cook, both of Fort Scott, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; both spouses; two brothers, Charles Poyner and Myrle Poyner; and one grandson, Eric Poyner.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 2, at National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan., with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post No. 1165 of Fort Scott, Kan.

Friends may call now and until 10 a.m., Thursday, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richards Community Center in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.

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