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Thomas Darrell Neuschafer
(October 20, 1934 - June 19, 2011)

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CENTER-Services for Thomas Darrell Neuschafer, 76, of Center will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Center Baptist Church with Reverend Roger Huff officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., with Masonic services at 8 p.m., at Bienhoff Funeral Home in Center. Mr. Neuschafer passed away June 19, 2011 at 4:14 p.m. at Hannibal Regional Hospital. He was born October 20, 1934 in Center, the son of Roe Darrell and Leona Winfred Thrasher Neuschafer. He was married to Doris Jean Cowden on May 16, 1954 in Center and she preceded him in death August 21, 2007. Survivors include three daughters, Joy Neuschafer of Boonville, Janet (Randy) Smith of Smithville, and Dawn (Darrell Gaw) Neuschafer of Center; one brother, Charles (JoAnn) Neuschafer of Center; one sister, Carolyn Smith of Vandalia; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Kluba of St. Louis, and Toly Smith of Smithville; and two great grandchildren, Rowan Van Horn, and Gabe Gowen of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Bill Smith. Mr. Neuschafer was a lifetime area resident. He graduated from Center High School in 1952 and attended Northeast Missouri State University for one year. He served in the United States Army from May 1, 1957 to April 23, 1959 in Germany. He attained the rank of SPEC 4. He was a rural mail carrier, a farmer, and a businessman. He owned and operated the Co -op station in Center for 20 years, carried mail for the New London area for 27 years and farmed as long as he was physically able. He loved every minute of it. He was a member of the Center Methodist Church, the Ralls County Masonic Lodge #33 AF & AM, the Ralls Chapter #55 RAM, the Trinity Council #47 Cryptic Masons, Excalibur Commandery #5Kt, and the Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S. He enjoyed his family, his friends, hunting, fishing, and his tractors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Cemetery Association or the Perry VFW Post 4088. Pallbearers will be Danny Hardcastle, Jim Gaw, Russell Osterhout, Brad Smith, David Palmer, and Don Palmer.

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