Johnnie Earl “John” Pendleton, age 74 years, of Holts Summit, MO, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, MO due to complications from COVID.
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He was born on September 26, 1946 in Jefferson City, MO the son of Orville Euel and Agnes Irene (McKee) Pendleton. He was married on April 30, 1966 to Shirley Jean Morgan, who preceded him in death on November 22, 1989. He was married on December 20, 1991 in Jefferson City, MO to Joyce Marie Kuklok, who survives of the home.
A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, John graduated from Vienna High School in 1964. John went on to serve his country in the United States Army. While stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War, he worked as an automotive mechanic. John was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
John was an expert in his trade and according to his children he “could fix anything.” In addition to lawnmowers, he was known to get chainsaws, bicycles, four-wheelers, scooters and even coffee makers back into repair. He used this expertise to run his own business, John Pendleton Lawnmower service, for over 30 years where he specialized in small engine repairs. He was also the Owner/Landlord of Pendleton Mobile Home Park where he always tried his best to be fair and compassionate.
He enjoyed being at his shop or at home the most, but could be happy no matter where he was. John enjoyed being outdoors, flying his drones or riding scooters. He also loved finding the best bargains on Ebay and getting his “presents” in the mail.
John was a very loving, patient, hardworking, trusting, trustworthy, and generous man; but also, strong and just a little stubborn! He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He instilled all these values in his children and grandchildren, along with teaching his family how to be self-sufficient and patient.
Survivors include: his wife of 29 years, Joyce Pendleton; five children, Lori Pendleton (Wade Scott) of Jefferson City, MO, Robby Pendleton (Amy) of New Bloomfield, MO, Eric Pendleton (Tracy Luebbering) of New Bloomfield, MO, Lori Tagg of Willoughby, OH, and Tara Nilges (Jason) of Wardsville, MO; his four sisters, Orvene Sloan (Larry) of Crocker, MO, Nancy Sinden, Judy Dake (Jackie), and Jeanna Ash (Dan) all of Iberia, MO; one brother-in-law, Ben Kuklok (Brenda) of Concord, CA, and three sisters-in-laws; Mary Deford (Jim) of Vancouver, WA, Lucinda Kuklok of Eldon, MO, and Tama Hill of Rocky Mount, MO; grandchildren; Cameron, Luke, Makenna, Calli, Austin, Amber, Ricky, Kadi, and Morggie; great-grandchildren; Hunter, Hadley and Lillian; numerous nieces, nephews and other cherished family members.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Shirley Pendleton, and their son, John Pendleton.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2021. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held immediately following his visitation in the Freeman Chapel. Graveside services and interment with military honors will follow at Pendleton Cemetery near Meta, Mo. The general public is welcome to attend the services while following social distancing guidelines. Due to John’s laid-back personality, casual attire is highly encouraged.
A webcast of the service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday for friends that are not able to attend by going to his memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to The Center for Head Injury Services, 11786 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146; Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 21275; the Maddie Scott Scholarship Fund at Helias High School, 1305 Swifts Hwy, Jefferson City, MO 65109; Crohn's & Colitis Foundation National Headquarters, ATTN: Financial Operations, 733 Third Avenue, Ste. 510, New York, NY 10017; or the Pendleton Cemetery.