Alonzo L. Tidball, age 82, of Jasper, Missouri, passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 15, 2017,
surrounded by his family at Freeman West Hospital
Lon was born September 22, 1934, in Barton County, Missouri
to Pedro Clifton and Lena Mae (Bright) Tidball.
Because his mother died while Lon was an infant, he and his two-year-old
sister Evelyn were raised by their great-aunt, Jessie Lucas in the home of
Grandpa Lucas. Over the years, it became
home to Con Lucas and Jack Tidball, as well as their father, Pedro
Tidball. Alonzo was the last surviving
member of this close-knit family group.
Growing up in rural Barton County in the
1930’s and 40’s, Lonzo learned early-on to fish and hunt, often providing a squirrel,
rabbit or enough fish to feed the family.
The one-room Blue
School house where he
attended through the eighth grade also served as his Blue Sunday school
classroom. Alonzo graduated from Jasper
High School in 1952 and briefly
College. In addition to full-time farming, he had
worked at Lawn-Boy in Lamar. Lonzo was an
innovative and visionary steward of the land he loved, an avid gardener who
blessed many people with the bounty of his garden. He was one of the first in the area to
implement an irrigation system and was undaunted by the challenges of producing
green beans, cucumbers, and sunflowers, as well as his main-stay soybeans, corn
On August 31, 1956, in Lamar, Alonzo
married Mary Jane Moore and their love for each other, their four children, and
the farm they called home for nearly 61 years was clearly evident in their
daily lives. They enjoyed road trips,
whether short or long, a $20 adventure at a casino, following the Kansas City
Royals, and any opportunity to visit with friends and family. Lon never met a stranger and his favorite
pastime included a cup of coffee, good stories, and the fellowship of great
friends at Judy’s, Sharon’s, and Peggy’s.
Survivors include his beloved Mary Jane;
their four children, Mark Tidball, Carthage, Teresa (David) Carpenter, Jasper, Mike
(Kimbi) Tidball, Carthage and Tracy (Chad) Keutzer, Jasper; eleven
grandchildren, Matthew Carpenter, Rebecca Isemann, Caleb, Jacob, Isaac, Eliza,
and Jarrod Tidball, Monica Baugh, Jimmy Keutzer, Tyler and Trevor Tidball; and
six great-grandchildren. Lonzo was
looking forward to welcoming two more great-grandchildren to the family in the
Funeral services will be held at 10:00
a.m. Monday, August 21st at Daniel Funeral Home where the family
will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Waters Cemetery,
southwest of Jasper.
Because of Lon’s long-term dedication and
service as president of the board of Waters Cemetery, memorial contributions
are suggested to Waters Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
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