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Daniel Ray Caruthers, age 62, of Lamar, Missouri passed Thursday, February 2, 2017 early in the morning at his home due to complications from Alzheimer’s.  His wife and children were at his bedside.

Daniel was born November 30, 1954 in Lamar, Missouri to Orville Thomas and Martha Louise (Selvey) Caruthers.  He attended Anderson Country School, grades 1-4.  Then attended and graduated from Lamar High School.  He also attended MSSU.

On October 19, 1974, he married Cathy McElroy in Lamar, where they raised their three children.  He had worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation for 32 years, starting as a maintenance man and working his way to supervisor of the Lamar Highway Barn and retiring in 2009.  Before working for MoDOT he worked at Community Lumber Co. and enjoyed going on wheat harvest from Texas to North Dakota.  He was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Ozark Steam and Gas Association and Wolf Creek Tractor Club.  Dan enjoyed fishing, deer camp, excessive walking, Sudoku, skeet shoots, wood working, teaching his kids, grandkids and daycare kids how to tie their shoes and helping with homework especially math.  He also enjoyed restoring vintage John Deere garden tractors and taking them to many fairs and shows.  He was extremely proud of his garden tractors going through the Lamar Fair parade with his kids and grandkids getting to show them off.

Daniel is survived by his wife Cathy; two sons, Jeremy and wife Mandy Caruthers, Matthew, and wife April Caruthers; one daughter, Monica, and husband Skyler Moore; his mother, Louise Caruthers, all of Lamar, MO; two brothers, Richard and wife Carol Caruthers, Rock Port, TX, Tom, and wife Brenda Caruthers; one sister, Karen, and husband Dale Nims; seven grandchildren, Michael, Courtney, Darin, Madison, Taylor, Lexi, and Chloe, all of Lamar.  He was preceded in death by his father Orville Caruthers.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, February 7, 2017 with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  Father Pat Teeter will officiate.  

A short prayer service will be at 6:00 pm Monday at the funeral home and the family will receive friends immediately following.

Contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#14 Green Forest, ARDeena Divine Tharp 2017-02-23 10:11
So sorry Louise for your loss. Prayers my friend.
#13 Joplin, MOJane Whyman Obert 2017-02-07 10:05
Dear Cathy and all the family. It broke my heart to hear of Danny's death at such a young age. I have only good memories of Danny. May God's grace and comfort ease your loss.
#12 Olathe, KSBetty Ann Selvey Olmsted 2017-02-06 16:18
We are so saddened by your family's loss. Danny was a great person and someone I was proud to be related to!
#11 Heather Wirsig 2017-02-06 10:47
So sorry for your loss for your loss. Prayers and love with you all.
#10 Rhonda Sweeney 2017-02-06 10:08
Just Know My THOUGHT & PRAYERS are With You Cathy & The Family
#9 WEBB CITYMike WITHERS 2017-02-06 07:35
Such a fine man who treasured all the things in life that matter. Such men are always missed and their memories are always treasured. May you be comforted by the Spirit of God and the love of Christ.
#8 MoDOT Facility at Greenfield 2017-02-06 06:33
Sorry to hear of Dannys passing,he was a fine man,and fun to work with.
#7 Gene and Becky Backerman 2017-02-05 16:57
We are so sorry for your loss. Gene enjoyed Danny at deer camp. Your family is in our prayers. Hugs to all of you!!
#6 Springfield, MORoger and Marilyn Ison 2017-02-04 16:17
We were so saddened to learn of Danny's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. We love you all.

Roger and Marilyn
#5 Sammy Dohle 2017-02-04 11:19
So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with you all to Louise I'm very sorry old friend

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