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Russell E. Heatherly June 24, 1939 - April 27, 2020

Russell Eugene Heatherly, age 80 of Ozark, Missouri passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 in Buffalo Prairie Care Center after a long illness. He was born June 24, 1939 in Ava, Missouri to Vernie and Beulah (Dye) Heatherly. On June 22, 1958 he was united in marriage to Patricia Ruth Goos.

Russell enjoyed lending a helping hand to those in need. He spent his early years working for the Ozark Police Department and later volunteering for the Ozark Fire Department and Ozark Ambulance Service. His faith eventually lead him to become a preacher and pastor of small churches in his community. He will most recently be remembered for working at the Plaza Gas car wash during his retirement years.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patty (Goos) Heatherly, three daughters, Gayle and Tim Maples of Spokane, Gina and Curt Hewitt of Nixa and Tyla Heatherly of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was proud of his six grandchildren, Crystal, Nicole, Lane and Whitney, Jeremy and Kelly, Krista, and Alex. He especially enjoyed having six great-grandchildren, Canon, Carter, Lake, Lowen, Raelee, and Grayson; three brothers Gary and wife Darlene, Wandal and wife Janet and Larry and wife Karen.
A public gravesite memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Selmore Cemetery Fund.

Private family graveside services will be held at Selmore Cemetery. Arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.

Under the latest Coronavirus Pandemic, Barnes Family Funeral Home is under the guidelines of NFDA and the state governed mandate policy regarding COVID-19. Therefore, our limitations are implemented as no gatherings larger than 10 people and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. Our obituaries will be updated according to the progress of our mandates and information regarding our families wishes. With these safety measures we are obedient to others and consider safety and laws first. Our staff is working with others to expedite this situation and continue serving our community with care and compassion for their loved ones. During this most difficult time, our blessings and dedication will always come from our hearts and placing our families needs first. Our online condolences and website is always available and suggested as a method of correspondence with the family, www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com


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    Peggy.Brodersen says

    Russell was a very fun second father to me and I cherish those memories. Praise God for him and his testimony and the love of his family. Praying comfort for all of you at this time. Peggy

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    Bryan and Samantha (Roussell) VandenHoek says

    Patty- Please know that we are praying for you and the girls. Praise the Lord for his enduring love and the promise of heaven. I know that this time away from Russell has been hard to bear but your love for him was always evident!

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    Pamela says

    We are very sorry for the loss of Russell. Our prayers are with all of the family during this time’
    Norma Heatherly Cook, Pam Graham Brayfield, Michael Johnson and daughter Kirsten.

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    Janet Heatherly says

    Wandal , Russell’s brother and his wife Janet will miss him so much.

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    Robyn Schroeder says

    Dear Patty and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Russell and you with all my heart. I regret not having been able to see him. Our prayers are for you always. Love, Harold, Robyn, Carrie and John

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    Jan Healzer says

    Good byes are the Pitts. I am sad for your family. I am thankful he was a believer and taught you about the Jesus who is coming back soon. Keep believing He comes!

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    Ginger (Heatherly) Lane says

    So very sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed. My prayers are with you all.

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    Alicia & Chris Chaves says

    Dearest Patty,
    We send you all our love and soon a great big hug when I can. We are praying for you all for peace and comfort.
    Russ was kind and simply incredible. I enjoyed his gun talking, stories about growing up, and also those while working under Buff. I will cherish him in my heart always. We love you!

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    Debbie Brueggemann says

    So sorry for you loss. Sending prayers and love 💕🙏

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    Toni Van Dyne says

    Dear Patty and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Russell was a man of faith and we know he is with the Lord. We pray for strength and peace for you and your family in the days to come.
    Florence Clinkingbeard and Toni Van Dyne