Max Duane Pyle, 78, of rural El Dorado Springs, passed away in his home, July 3, 2020, surrounded by loved ones following a courageous battle with cancer. Max was born at home on Feb. 14, 1942, in Stockton, to Ernest and Eunice Pyle.

Max grew up in Stockton, graduating from Stockton High School in 1960. On April 15, 1983, Max married Diana, uniting their families. Together they raised five children – Russ, Shelly, Melissa, Darren and Brian.

Max was baptized at a young adult age in Stockton. After marrying Diana, the two began attending the Church of God (Holiness) in Deerfield.

Max enjoyed carpentry work and restoring cars, trucks and tractors. Max was always available to lend a helping hand. He preferred and enjoyed the simpler things in life.

Max enjoyed his trips to Estes Park in Colorado, hiking with family. Hand cranking homemade ice cream was his specialty, but only vanilla.

Before retiring he worked driving a propane truck and worked for the Woody family. After retirement, Max and his sister, Jean, worked together building and improving homes for many families and friends. For the past seven years he and Diana maintained the Deerfield Cemetery. Max never a missed a boat when it came to helping his family. He amazed us all with the love he showed each and every one of us through the gift of his skilled hands that God gave him.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Eunice Pyle; son, Thomas Duane; brother-in-law, Harlen Hillmer; niece, Terri; and nephew, Blake Moberly.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Pyle, of the home; children – Russ Moore of Springfield; Shelly Swopes and husband, Bruce, of El Dorado Springs; Melissa Hoffman and Kevin of Nevada; Darren Adams and wife, Traci, of El Dorado Springs; and Brian Pyle and wife, Stephani, of Joplin; grandchildren – Ian, Zachariah, Kaitlyn, Claire, Amanda, Bryce, Bailey, Max Anthony, Derek, Kale, Nathen, Jordan and Tucker; great grandchildren – Jase, Eli, Callum, Faye, Vincent and Karterl; siblings – Wayne Pyle and wife, Fritz; Jean Hillmer; Johnny Pyle; Beverly McIntosh and husband, Mike; and Larry Pyle and Helen,; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, in the Ferry Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Deerfield Cemetery. Visitation was be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Family suggests memorials may be made to the Deerfield Cemetery in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 South Washington, Nevada, MO  64772, 417/667-3322 phone

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