Ivan B. Diggins

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ivan B. Diggins, 94, Sheldon, Mo., passed from this life on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at his home in Sheldon. Ivan was born May 10, 1921, in Lenora, Kan., to Benjamin Franklin and Jennie May (Steelsmith) Diggins. He was united in marriage in Miami, Okla., on Feb. 14, 1980, to Barbara Jean Fleener and she survives of the home.

Ivan was raised in Lenora. In 1960, he came to the Moundville area where he farmed and raised livestock all his working life. Ivan also spent several years working at Potter's 66 Station in Nevada. After retiring from farming he owned and operated Diggins Store, in Moundville, from 1979-92. He was a member of the Sylvan Dale Baptist Church, in Moundville.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, survivors include his children, Steve Diggins, and his wife, Peggy, Sheldon, Mo., Gary Diggins, Moundville, Penny Thomas, Excelsior Springs, Mo., Rodney Diggins and his wife, Wanda, Moundville, David Diggins and his wife, Laura, Moundville, Randy Fleener and his wife, Martha, Titusville, Fla., and Kathi Adams and her husband, Larry, Nevada; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Fleener; three sisters; two brothers; and a dear friend, Nigel Fleming.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 12, at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada, with Chaplain Dennis Painter officiating. Interment will follow in Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon, Mo. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to NRMC Hospice in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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