Homer Charles “Shorty” Lathrop was born
August 2, 1929, the fifth of 10 children to Homer R. and Marguerite (Mallory)
Lathrop on the family farm, South East of Sheldon, Missouri and passed away
October 13, 2017 at his home. He
attended Rockdale Country School.
As a boy, he worked alongside his father
and brothers on the family farm and built bridges in Barton and Vernon
County. In his late teens, he went to
Colorado with his brothers to follow the wheat harvest. Shorty entered the Army
during the Korean War and served as an amphibious tank driver, stationed in Ft.
Eustice, Virginia and Norfolk, Virginia.
He was honorably discharged in 1953.
He remained in contact with all the “Buddies” who left on the bus from
Missouri and formed a forever bond with Virgil Gardner and Roy Simpson, cherishing
their annual army buddy reunions in the fall.
On November 14, 1951, in Bentonville,
Arkansas, he married Betty Jo Wilson of Bolivar, Missouri. They have resided in the Sheldon area since
that time, living on the county line for 59 years and in the home he built, since
1976. They would be celebrating their 66th
anniversary this November. To this union
five children were born.
continued farming throughout his life in the Sheldon area, first with his
brothers, Nick and Gene, and later with his sons. He worked for Texaco City Service Pipeline,
part time and construction with his brother Hank. In 1966, he went to work for the Hubert
Thomas APCO Station and purchased the business in 1969, continuing to own and
operate until selling to his nephew, Gary Leavell in 1971. In 1971, he began installing rural water
lines with his brother Gene for several years. In 1977, he and his brother Gene
purchased what became the Sheldon Vault Company. He has maintained the Sheldon Cemetery for
over 40 years, all while continuing to raise Angus cattle, and grow wheat, soy
beans, and corn and bail hay.
He accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1961
and was a member of the Sheldon Baptist Church and later Lamar First Baptist
Church, where he enjoyed the fellowship of the Fisherman’s Sunday School Class.
Shorty leaves behind his wife Betty; three
sons, Gene (Sandy) Lathrop, Lamar, J.D (Cindy) Lathrop, Nevada, Charles (Angie)
Lathrop, Irwin; two daughters, Barbara (David) Thrasher, Lamar, and Kathy
(Robert) Clampett, Statesboro, Georgia; grandchildren, Ronnie, Lana, Lance,
Skyler, Travis, Kyle, Phil, Brent, Tai, and Donovan; 22 great-grandchildren;
three great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Marilyn
Bond, Sheldon and a host of nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents;
four brothers, Jack, Hank, Nick, and Gene Lathrop; four sisters, Dorothy
Leavell, Olene Kepler, Lois Swan, and Shirley Windes; and a grandson, Donald
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Tuesday,
October 17, 2017 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow in Sheldon
The family will receive friends 6:00 to
7:00 pm, Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions are suggested to Sheldon
Cemetery Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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