COVID-19 Update

As funeral professionals we have been asked by several people in our community how we will continue to serve our families. The families that we serve are always our top priority. We want to assure you that we are staying up to date with the changing information we receive everyday from public health officials and government agencies.

For families that experience the loss of a loved one, Daniel Funeral Home will remain prepared 24/7 to serve your family at your time of loss. We will continue to care for your loved one as usual and will follow the guidance and regulations from the Missouri Department of Health.

Our government officials, both federal and state, have advised that all public gatherings be limited to 10 persons or less in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We take this pandemic emergency very seriously and are committed to following those recommendations.

We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure the safety of our community and of our staff while honoring their loved one. We thank you for your patience as we work to safeguard the wellness of everyone who enters our doors.

For the safety of all, until the authorities lift the restrictions, we are implementing the following:

Cremation services will follow the same guidelines as outlined above.

Daniel Funeral Home has been there for our community during difficult times, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Rest assured, we will continue to serve your family with dignity and respect through these uncertain times.


Willie Dale Keatts, age 93, of Golden City, Missouri passed away May 3, 2019, at Good Shepherd Community Care, Lockwood, MO.

Willie Dale was born August 31, 1925 in Billings, MO to Amos E. and Glenn (Ward) Oetker. Willie Dale graduated from Billings High School and attended Teachers College, what is now MSU in Springfield, MO. On August 23, 1947, she married James Henry Keatts in Bentonville, AR and together they raised five children.

Willie Dale was an elementary school teacher in rural Marionville, MO, and Republic, MO,  worked at Rice's Feed Store in Golden City, helped start the Barton County Health Department, where she worked for 20 years, retiring in 1988. After retirement she and her husband bought the old Golden City Lumber Yard and converted it into a daycare that she operated for 14 years until she retired again at age 78.  Willie Dale loved to read and play Pitch, but her greatest love was to be with her family. She was a member of the Golden City United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Wayne (Jean) Keatts, Golden City, MO, Max (Vickie) Keatts, Greenfield, MO, Leroy (Joyce) Keatts, Lamar, MO; one daughter, Linda (Ron) Ward, Springfield, MO; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Keatts, Springfield, MO; a sister, Charlene Burky, Billings, MO; 13 grandchildren, Lacey Davenport, Ashley Newman, Matthew Keatts, Jeffrey Etem, Jill Doke, Tina Stump, Lisa Kinnunen, Michael Keatts, Scott Keatts, Jana Cooper, Jeremy Keatts, Jessica Schwarzkopf, and Jenni Keatts; 27 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by a very special son, Wilbur Rauch, Nixa, MO.

Preceding in death were her parents, husband, James Keatts, a son Alan Keatts, a sister, Susie Burky; and a great-granddaughter, Kelly Jo Stump.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Monday,  at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar, MO. 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow in Rock Prairie Cemetery, Halltown, MO.

Contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank Hospice Compassus, and Good Shepherd Community Care for all their special care for our mother, AND to thank Mom’s best friend, Lois Baird, for Always being there for Mom AND for her children.



#4 Clever, MOTony & Nancy Geren 2019-05-07 01:20
We are so sorry for your lose. You'll be in our prayers.
#3 Winchester, VASara Wagner 2019-05-06 02:59
Aunt Willie Dale...just thinking of you makes me smile. I miss you and love you dearly ♡
#2 Grapevine TX.Garth Giles 2019-05-05 13:27
Wwillie Dale was one of the nunicest people anyone could ever know..She always had a bubig smile and a great lady..lady..I not too long agocommunicated on FB with herher and we caught up on peopeople..She will be missed..To all The Keatts famifamilies,my sincere sympathies
#1 Palmview TXRoger-Doris Stansber 2019-05-05 12:40
We were very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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