John Shatford III (Jack, 71, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Oct 16, 2016. A celebration of life will take place from 1-5 on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3310 E. 380th Rd., El Dorado Springs.

Jack was born Aug. 27, 1945, in Bedford, OH, to John H. Shatford and Dorothy Silsby Shatford. He graduated from Truman State with a degree in Biology. Jack had a blessed life with his wife, Joy. Jack honored his country by serving in the Army in Vietnam. He retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation after 34 years of service. Jack treasured the outdoors as he was an avid hunter and fisherman which he greatly enjoyed doing with his family and lifelong friends.

Jack was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Yell County Arkansas Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Joy; son, Kurt, and wife, Mary of Raymore; granddaughter and hunting buddy, Sarah Ashley, granddaughter, Shelby Lynn; Neice Heidi Snellenburg, and husband, Jonathan of New York; step-sister, Judy Sinay, and her husband, Jim; step-sister, Karen Drake, several nieces and nephews, devoted special friends, Len and Avis Cotton, and many caring friend.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Irene Shatford, two sisters, Anita Jane, and Elaine Sue.

So, Jack, this is not goodbye; it is only until we meet again. You will be greatly missed.

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