Rev. Richard T. Dismuke age 93, of Eureka, formerly of Curryville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at the St. Clare Health Center in Fenton.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Curryville Baptist Church, with Rev. R. Wayne Dismuke and Rev. Jerry Gamm officiating. Burial will be in Curryville Cemetery, with Military Rites being conducted by VFW Post #5553 and Missouri Military Honors. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Richard was born July 31, 1920 in Holt Summit, the son of John Lester and Lula Kronk Dismuke. On Oct. 25, 1941, he married Bernice Ender. She preceded him in death in November 2003.
Survivors include son Richard Wayne Dismuke and wife Ann, of Franklin, Tenn.; daughters Mary Gladys McCune, of Pacific, and Carol Betts, of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Goldie Yowell, and two brothers, Henry Dismuke and Russell Dismuke.
Rev. Dismuke was a Baptist minister, beginning his ministry in 1943, serving churches in Missouri and Colorado. He preached for seventy years. He had been a Moderator of Bear Creek Baptist Association and helped start missions in Hermann and Gasconade. He served in the US Army during WWII and received a bronze star and purpleheart. Rev. Dismuke loved God and spent his years meeting the needs of people and bringing them into a loving relationship with Christ, but above all was a loving husband, father, and family man.
Serving as pallbearers were Jeff McCune, Scott Dismuke, John Betts, Fred Trokey, Ethan Trokey, and Randy Combs. Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Dameron, Don Shaw, Danny Lewis, Gene Traynor, Ernie Tucker, and Charles Love. Memorials may be made to the Curryville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 104 Curryville, Missouri 63339.