Louie McHaffie, age 90 of Sparta, Missouri passed away suddenly in his home, Sunday, October 25, 2020. He was born in Bruner, Missouri, April 1, 1930 the son of Lawrence and Margaret (Swearengin) McHaffie. Louie was the first born child to his parents and grew up with eight additional siblings. On June 2, 1947, Louie was united in marriage to Pearl McHaffie and during the Summer they celebrated 73 years of marriage.
Louie was a longtime resident of Christian County and well-known in the community. In 1994, Louie retired after many years as a dedicated steel worker and boiler maker. The rural farm life was always Louie favorite pastime, where he worked tirelessly in the fields and enjoyed caring for his animals. He was very fond of his John Deere enclosed cab tractor and also liked collecting the miniature tractor models. Louie not only was the last Charter Member of Ozarks Steam Engine Association, he also owned the oldest steam traction engine known as an 1893 Peerless with wooden spokes. Presently, Louie served as Director Emeritus for the Association. Louie was well-known as a Historian and sought after for many answers pertaining to past events and history findings. He will be sadly missed but will live on forever in the hearts of his loving family.
Louie is survived by his loving wife Pearl; five children James L. McHaffie and wife Pam, Gerald McHaffie and companion Joyce Johnson, Donna Smith and husband Noel, Bobbie McHaffie and wife Carol Jean, Billy McHaffie and wife Tammy; daughter-in-law Teresa Sims and husband Randy; two brothers Jack McHaffie and wife Wanda, Stanley McHaffie and wife Lorraine; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Louie was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, four brothers and a son, Wes McHaffie.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, October 29, 2020 in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Burial will follow in McHaffie Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and begin at 1:00 P.M. The family suggests donations be made to McHaffie Cemetery. On line condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com
Effective October 21, 2020 through December 31, 2020 the City of Ozark, Missouri issued a mask ordinance. A requirement to wear face coverings when in public, for the purpose of preventing or limiting the spread of COVID-19. Barnes Funeral Home is following the ordinance and recommend social distance guidelines. The family and staff thank you in advance, for your understanding during these difficult times.