John William “Pepa” Shriver stepped into the presence of the Lord on Jan. 25, 2019, surrounded by his family in his home in Cabool. John was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Nagle, Mo., to Arthur and Ada (Brewer) Shriver.
John grew up in the Tyrone/Nagle area. In 1961, he graduated Park Hill High School and was married to Nora (Cantrell) in Kansas City, Mo. John served in the U.S. Army 585th Transportation Battalion during the Vietnam War in 1967. After 21 months of service, he was honorably discharged. In 1971, he and Nora gave birth to one daughter (Marlene) and were also foster parents to five children and host parents to five exchange students. John worked as a mechanic at Fort Leonard Wood until he retired.
After retirement, John could be found working on the farm. He enjoyed a number of interests and hobbies from collecting pennies, hunting deer, fishing to frogging. In playing cards he favored rook, rummy and spades. His favorite musician was Johnny Cash. Chocolate milk was a daily delicacy. He could frequently be heard saying something about “Britches,” “Wrench’ things out,” “Watteryerduren?” “Mom,” “Sussy,” “Uh-huh,” “Pretty good!” or growling at his great-grandkids.
John grew up at Nagle Christian Church and was baptized at the age of 12 by Earl Sigler at Rock Garden Christian Camp. When asked what was different about that day that made him give his life to Christ, he responded, “I listened better.” His favorite preacher was Keith Cunningham because he was a cowboy who, “did a lot of cutting up and shared the gospel while doing rope tricks.” In recent years, John was an active member of Cabool Church of Christ.
His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 and his favorite Bible character was David. His favorite hymn was Old Rugged Cross.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ada; and siblings, David Lavern, Arthur “Junior”, Loyd, Chester, Lester and Leatha.
He is survived by his brothers, Charles and his wife, Kathy, Walter and his wife, Muriel; John’s beloved wife, Nora; daughter, Marlene and her husband, Paul; grandchildren, Kingston and his wife, Krystal, and Alexis; great-grandchildren Zion, Zeal and Zoé; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
John left a legacy of love for friends, love for family and love for God.
Pepa, we love you more than the most and you said it first.
The family would like to express our sincere thanks to Compassus Hospice, Riverways Home Health, Cabool Church of Christ, friends and family.
Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Cabool Church of Christ with Kingston Arthur, Alexis Arthur and Dennis Willard officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Nagle Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Shriver, Walter Shriver, Dennis Shriver, Jason Shriver, Steve Shriver, Tom Shriver and Harold Shriver. Honorary pallbearers were Butch Evans, Max Kelso, Don Curry, Zion Arthur and Zeal Arthur.
If desired, family and friends may make memorial contributions to Rock Garden Christian Camp, 4105 State Route 17 Pomona, Mo., 65789. You may express online condolences at www.evansfh.com.