LAWRENCE “LARRY” ROOKSTOOL
NIXA- Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar for Lawrence “Larry” Harvey Rookstool, 82, Nixa, who died Wednesday, May 17, 2023. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Lamar.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home prior to the service at 1 p.m.
Contributions are suggested and made payable to donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be shared at www.dfhlamar.com.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Scheetz, Raytown and Kimberly McKenzie, Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Jessica Venker and husband Christopher, Nicole O'Dell, Amber Sutton and husband Hunter, Alison Rodriguez and husband Robbert and Kristin O'Dell and Logan Leavitt; six great-grandchildren, Robbert Rodriguez Jr., Adalynn Rodriguez, Anastascia Rodriguez, Crew Sutton, Callen Sutton and Parker Leavitt; four brothers, Eddie Rookstool, David Rookstool and wife Brenda, Vernon Rookstool and wife Patricia and Benny Rookstool, along with numerous family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; two sisters, Virginia Todd, and Gladys Hill; one son-in-law, Robert Dessent; one brother-in-law, Eugene Stump and a sister-in-law, Connie Stump.
Mr. Rookstool was born July 25, 1940, in Springdale, W.V., to Russell Harvey Rookstool and Zella Mae (Terry) Rookstool. He was a graduate of Rainelle High School. He married Juanita Irene Stump on June 2, 1962, in Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Rookstool enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1965 and was honorably discharged in August of 1969. He was a mechanic. He and his wife enjoyed spending their time in Branson, where they shared in their love of gospel and country music. He loved to fish off the docks and feed the ducks. He was country through and through and loved driving on the back roads, hunting and fishing and wearing his cowboy hats, boots, pearl snap shirts and belt buckles. His nickname on the CB radio was "Rhinestone Cowboy".
Most days he could be found spending his time between watching his guilty pleasures on tv (like Cops, WWE, Judge Judy and Ridiculousness), chatting with his neighbors and catching up with family and friends over the phone. He was a character who loved to tease, often with his dentures. He had an affinity for bluebirds and antique cars; his pride and joy was a bright robin egg blue 1951 Ford Victoria. Growing up, he made lots of family trips with his wife and daughters back home to West Virginia and to camp in the mountains of Colorado.
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