Born 7-6-1919 -- Died 7-12-2007
Howard Wayne Range, son of the late Frank R. and Marion Capshaw Range was born July 6, 1919, in Willow Springs, Mo., and died July 12, 2007, at his home in Thayer, Mo., at the age of 88.
He was united in marriage on July 11, 1946, in West Plains, Mo., to Virginia Vee "Toots" Pitchford.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Thayer, since 1934.
After graduating from Thayer High School in 1938, Howard pitched for a New ?York Giants baseball farm team.?He later joined the Frisco Railroad, where he served for 38 years, interrupted during World War II by service to his country. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served with Co. C713 Railroad Battalion under General George Patton. ?He served in North Africa, France, Italy and Germany, earning six battle stars.
Howard's passion throughout his life was the care and keeping of cattle and horses. He was a valued mentor and teacher to a very large farming community.
He is survived by: one daughter, Terry Lynn Range of Thayer; three nieces, Janice Norris of Tulsa, Okla., Patti Richey of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Edie Hanes of Claremore, Okla.; one nephew, Bud Adams of Thayer; six great-nephews; three great-nieces; and three great-great nieces.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; three sisters, Francis Cathcart, Marvel Adams and Chloe Martin; his in-laws, Newt and Edith H. Pitchford; five brothers-in-law, Jim Cathcart, Chester Adams, Lee "Doc" Martin, John Pitchford and Robert Pitchford; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Humphreys Pitch-ford and Imogene Smith Pitchford.
Funeral services were held July 14 at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Nathan Cates officiating. Burial followed in the Thayer Cemetery.
Arrangements were made under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.