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Louie McHaffie April 1, 1930 - October 25, 2020


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.




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    Ray Hartzell says

    So saddened by Louies passing. He was a great friend and mentor. We shared many hours of good times working the sled at the tractor pull during the the show at Republic. He was always full of fun with a few pranks thrown in.

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    Wenford & Betty Prewitt says

    So sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. Our thought and prayer for the family. May you R.I. P.

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    Michael Ramsey says

    My prayers go out to the family. Louie was always willing to share his knowledge and wisdom to anyone who would ask.

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    George allen says

    Didn’t know Louie very well but friend with Gerald his son thanking of the family in there time of grief may God Bless you all and give you comfort.

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    Terry says

    Sending Prayers to the McHaffie family may God Bless you all Terry, Deborah McHaffie, Donald Fitzgerald

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    Lou Williams says

    So sorry to hear of Louie’s passing. He and my mother were first cousins

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    Diana McHaffie says

    I’m so sorry to hear of Louie’s sudden passing. He was a good man who loved his children and his family. He loved his John Deere tractors and farming. He will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers go to his beloved wife, Pearl, his children, grandchildren, family, and friends. Hugs to all, Diana McHaffie

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    Ruby A Pippenger says

    My love and prayers go out to each member of Louis’ family. We are so lucky to have shared him for so long. His dedication, work ethic, and great sense of humor will be missed. Keep his love and memories close to your heart as you go through these days. Know that he loved each of you dearly.
    Ruby Aileen (Cook)and Jim Pippenger

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    Gene & Mary Beth Phillips says

    Pearl and family we are very sorry to hear of the loss Louie. He was always seen with a smile on his face. Our heart’s and prayers are with you at this time.

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    Marvin Williams says

    I was saddened to here about Louie’s passing. I worked with and have known Louie since 1978, always respected his knowledge, passion for steam engines and tractors. He was also a master boiler maker and Iron worker..!! My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the family..!! RIP