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    Richard Curtis Bronson, age 62, of Lamar, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

     Rick was born July 15, 1954, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, one of the seven children of Oscar and Rose (Valenti) Bronson.  He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, John Bronson; and a sister, Linda (Bronson) Lair.

     Moving with his family to Missouri in 1956, Rick grew up in Sheldon and Lamar.  He traveled the country as an over-the-road truck driver for many years and had worked for Golden Business Forms, Jasper Products and O’Sullivan Industries.  Many will remember him from his current job at Good Samaritan in Lamar.  His favorite pastime was spending time in family and good friends, especially if it included practical jokes and good-natured teasing.

     Survivors include Richard’s mother, Rose Bronson, Lamar; his close companion of 14 years, Beth Wicker, El Dorado Springs; three sons, Richard, Jr. (Heidi) Bronson, Bangor, Maine, Christopher (Sarah) Bronson and Bryan Bronson, San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Oscar (Linda) Bronson and Bob (Susan) Bronson, all of Lamar; two sisters, Anna (Lee Roy) Voorhees, Lamar and Susan (Doug) Ball, Jasper; and three grandsons.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 12th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Good Samaritan, in care of the funeral home.


#11 DeSoto KSFreeman Lollar 2016-12-16 09:44
Richard and I were classmates in 1973. He was always a very jolly fellow, and was always willing to help you out when asked. Him and I had more than a few good laughs in shop,and other high-school class's we took together. I always considered him a good friend. He truly will be missed !!!!
#10 LamarCindi Louderback 2016-12-14 09:18
Dear Richard, Kelly and I are completely devastated and lost without you. You have been our wonderful friend for 29 years with never a dull moment with you two. You and Kelly were truly "Brothers" at heart and part of Kelly's heart is missing now. I pray you will watch over us every day. We love you so much and will see you again some day.
#9 LamarKent Harris 2016-12-13 21:40
Richard and Debbie and I were classmates of the Class of 1973. Although I did not "run around" with Richard, I always enjoyed his sense of humor, no matter how he demonstrated it with teachers, classmates, or just people in general. We all likely know a few people in our lives who have the expectation to be spoken to FIRST....well, Richard never had that fault and I appreciated that about him. He always was friendly from my perspective and likely did not know a stranger. I am sure he will be missed by many family and friends. Blessings to all who are experiencing this loss.
#8 Lamar moLillie Carter 2016-12-11 19:50
I will never for get Richard. He knewme nomatter where I was . We aways had agood time when I went intogod Samaritans . I will hold on to the good memories that we had joking around with each other . I will never look at a pretty dress with out thinking about Richard. . Thank you for the awesome time .yu alway knew how to take that frown and turn it into a smile or how to take a bad day and make it. A good one . I know you are with are llord now so when you see my family in heaven tell them hello for me . Thank you Prayers foreverone family and friends
#7 Modesto, CAPaula Sherman 2016-12-11 17:24
We're very saddened by this unexpected news.
Richard has been beyond good to my sister, Beth and my entire family for about as many years as I can remember. Beth is broken hearted and can't imagine Richard not walking in her door each Friday.
We pray for Richard's dear family and ask for healing.
Richard will be missed by many and will think of him fondly

Rest In Peace, Richard
Mike & Paula Sherman
#6 Ron & Rita-Lee Summit, MO, Rhonda-Lamar, Randy-IanRon,wifeRitaBergman, daughte 2016-12-11 12:01
Dear Rose & family, So sorry for your loss. We have been friends of the family since the beginning of the O'Sullivan Industries days. Thinking back I think at different times had the pleasure of getting to know the whole family.Seems so sad to lose a child, when the parents wants to be the first to leave.. But Rick is now enjoying to be with his Dad, Brother & sister.You have a great family always so happy & friendly & willing to lend a helping hand or a silly joke. We pray you all are at peace, comfort & knowing he is w/family members that went on before & on that Glorious day you all will be together again.
#5 Golden City, MORalph Brewer 2016-12-10 14:31
Rest in peace Rick. Prayers for the family and friends.
#4 San Antonio TexasChris Bronson 2016-12-10 09:36
We hadn't seen or heard from each other in a very long time, I'm glad we got the chance to reconnect in someway dad.
#3 Neosho,MissouriDebbie Thomason 2016-12-09 21:18
Though I didn't know Richard I knew Anna and Kimberly. My heart hurt's knowing the pain your feeling right now.God be with you both and the rest of the family,If you need to talk you know how to get hold of me.
#2 Bangor, MERichard C Bronson JR 2016-12-09 18:20
sorry we didnt talk more dad

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