John Darwin Hastings

Friday, May 3, 2019

John Darwin Hastings, 89, resident of Nevada, Mo., formerly of Bronaugh, Mo., passed away at his home Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He was born on March 21, 1930, in Lindsay, Calif., the son of John Raymond and Dora Beatrice Fry Hastings.

He graduated from Bronaugh high school with the class of 1948. He served three tours of duty in Korea in the Navy. John married Mary Ann Stumfoll on Aug. 9, 1952, in Bentonville, Ark. She preceded in death on June 24, 2017. John was a hard-working farmer. He loved the Lord and served as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was an avid reader, especially his Bible. When not working, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching westerns, and tending his vegetable and flower gardens. Iris was his favorite flower. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Pleasanton, Kan.

Survivors include his son, the Rev. John Bradley Hastings and wife, Ronda, Grants, N.M.; two daughters, Renee Clemons and husband, John, Oronogo, Mo., and Lexi Strickler and husband, Doug, Iola, Kan.; two sisters, Betty Smith and husband, Jerry, Haysville, Kan., and Joan Owens, Saginaw, Mo.; three brothers, Donald Hastings and wife, Doris, Elkhart, Ind., Gary Lee Hastings, Bronaugh, Mo., and Billy Ray Hastings, Philippines; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Alisa Ann Hastings; a brother, Robert Hastings; three sisters, Laverna Drummond, Lorene Hopkins, and Jo Ellen Jones; and his parents.

The Rev. Bradley Hastings will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Monday, May 6, at the Grace Baptist Tabernacle. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m., until service time Monday at Grace Baptist. Memorials are suggested to Native American Baptist Missions and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

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