Wilford "Bill" LeVelle, 82, of Walnut Shade, MO died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his
residence. Services will be private.
Wilford J. LeVelle was born Tuesday, January 28, 1935 in Independence, IA to Benjamin
Franklin and Mary Irene (Haymaker) LeVelle. In 1952 at the age of sixteen, he joined
the U. S. Navy and served as a Seaman Recruit on the U.S.S. Brinkley Bass (DD 887)
during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He was awarded the
Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, China Service Medal and the National
Defense Service Medal.
After his military service, he moved back to Iowa and worked as a farm laborer. He
moved to Rockaway Beach for a very short time where he met Judith Evans. They were
married February 25, 1965 in Palatka, FL. They lived in FL until 1969 then moved back
to Taney County. They then moved to Douglas County where they purchased a dairy
farm and milked cows from 1970 to 1991. He turned the farm over to his son, Brian and
retired in 2006 and he and Judy moved to Walnut Shade. Judith died May 11, 2017.
Bill was a man of all trades, hardworking, caring, strong- willed with a great sense of
humor and a man of his word. He was skilled at fly tying, fishing and woodworking. He
was an avid Cardinal Baseball fan. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father and
He is survived by a son, Brian LeVelle and wife, Amanda of Ava, MO; three daughters,
Sandra Puckett of Walnut Shade, Mary Jo Jones and husband, Rodney of Davenport,
IA, Tracy LeVelle of Ava; seven grandchildren, Matt Puckett, Brittany Sanders,
Christina Sanders, Sarah Taber, Stetson LeVelle, Augustus LeVelle, Montana LeVelle
and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Trevin, Oakley, Carson and Bethany.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Judith LeVelle; three brothers, Leonard,
Marvin, and Marion LeVelle; four sisters, Della Walthart, Dorothy LeVelle, Mary June
Miller and Lola McKinley.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home,
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home
15945 U.S. Hwy 160
Forsyth, MO. 65653
"There is a Difference"
Mr. Wilford "Bill" J. LeVelle
January 28, 1935 - June 12, 2017