Preston Lee Haverstic, 81, passed away suddenly of natural causes Thursday, Nov. 8, while cutting brush on his farm east of Moundville, Mo. He was born near Moundville on Sept. 12, 1931, to Leland and Mildred Tapp Haverstic. He married Karin Kay Shearburn on July 8, 1967, in Bronaugh, Mo., and she survives of the home;
Preston grew up in the Moundville area helping his parents and sisters farm near Welborn Cemetery. He attended the Moundville Elementary School and graduated from Nevada High School in 1949. He worked on the Kansas City Southern Railroad, served as an Army corporal stationed in Germany during the Korean War, and also worked at the Kansas City Main Post Office before starting a farming operation on his grandparents' farm east of Moundville where he and Karin built their home.
Preston was a member of the Moundville Boy Scout Troop 145 and Moundville 4-H. He was instrumental in the organization of the Moundville Public Water District No. 1 and served on the Bronaugh R-7 School Board. He was a member of the Hermon Masonic Lodge in Liberal, Mo., the Shrine, and the Moundville United Methodist Church. Preston farmed until 1994, continuing to raise cattle with Karin until selling the last calves in 2011.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, especially the fall turnips which are producing a bumper crop this year. He took great delight in his grandchildren and will be remembered for his wit, excellent memory, and genuine care and concern for his family and friends.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Karin, include two sons, Lindell Lee and his wife, Margaret, and Preston Todd and his wife, Kamero; two granddaughters, Virginia Joyce and Clara Louise Haverstic; one stepgranddaughter, Katelyn Lee and her husband, Kevin; two sisters, Barbara Steinberg and her husband, Alex, Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Carol Allegrucci, Overland Park, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Joyce.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Nov. 13, at the Moundville United Methodist Church, Moundville, with the Rev. John Harrison officiating. A family committal service will follow at 2 p.m., at Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Friends may call now and until 8:30 a.m., today, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, and a Masonic service was held on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m., with visitation following from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Welborn Cemetery or the Moundville United Methodist Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home.
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