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Owen Lunsford

Owen "Junior" Lunsford Jr.

Monday, August 16th, 1926 - Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
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Obituary

Owen Jesse “Junior” Lunsford, Jr., 94, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Capital Region Medical Center.

He was born on August 16, 1926 in Sand Ridge, Illinois, a son of Owen Jesse and Alma Lucille (Garris) Lunsford Sr. He was married on February 27, 1954 in Chamois, Mo. to Patsy Irene Curtie, who preceded him in death on May 16, 2013.

Owen graduated from Gorham High School in 1945. He then went on to serve in the Illinois National Guard.

In 1952, he began his career as a signal maintainer with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He worked there for 36 years, retiring in 1988. In his retirement, Owen worked part-time with Freeman Mortuary for 25 years.

Owen had a lifelong commitment to the Masonic Lodge and was bestowed as a 33rd degree Mason over 20 years ago. He served as a 70-year member of the Masonic Lodge in both Jefferson City and Chamois, a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite in Columbia, and a 54-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Victoria Chapter #14. He was a past member of the Moolah Temple, past Master of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M. and a past District Deputy Grand Master for the 31st District. Owen was also a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City.

Owen was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, enjoyed going to the casino with his daughters, and having coffee with his friends. He had an outgoing personality and a willingness to help in whatever capacity was needed. Owen was a true friend that everyone loved to be around.

Survivors include: his daughters, Jackie Price (Jim) and Robin Lunsford, both of Jefferson City, Mo.; sister, Judy Shapiro of Ocala, Fl.; sister-in-law, Vivian Vahrenberg of Jefferson City, Mo.; grandchildren, Amanda Allen (Brian) and Melissa Bruemmer (Brad) all of Jefferson City, Mo.; and great-grandchildren, Hunter Allen, Haiden Allen, Owen Bruemmer and Reece Ann Bruemmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 59 years, Patsy; sister, Joanne Steffens; and brother, Harold Lunsford.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 11:00 am until 12:00 Noon Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Masonic Services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon Saturday, March 20, 2021 under the auspices of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M. A funeral service will immediately follow the Masonic Service with the Reverend Dr. Stephen Buchholz officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. Everyone is welcome to attend his services while following social distancing guidelines.

A webcast of the service will begin at 12:00 PM Saturday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link. Please click the speaker icon to enable sound.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Hospice Compassus, 600 Monroe St., Suite 100, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Freeman Mortuary
    Address
    915 Madison Street
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    Freeman Chapel
    Address
    915 Madison Street
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101
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    Notes
    A webcast of the service will begin at 12:00 PM Saturday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link. Please click the speaker icon to enable sound.
    Officiant
    Rev. Dr. Stephen Buchholz
  • Interment

    Location
    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    Address
    4205 Horner Road
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65109
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Steven D Duncan

Posted at 03:24pm
Junior was a Masonic Brother and a dear friend. We rode together to Chamois Lodge #185 meetings together for over 30 years. Those car rides were filled with Cardinal baseball talk, railroad stories, stories about Chamois family and friends, and on occasion some talk about politics (we were usually 100% in agreement on our political views). I am not sure I have ever met a more proficient Mason than Junior. His memory for Masonic ritual was unmatched. To say I am going to miss him would be an understatement.

Steve Duncan
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Walter Rottmann

Posted at 11:21pm
If there was a Masonic get-to-gether, Owen would be there! My sincere smpathy to the entire family! We,ll miss thaat contagious smile!
Walt Rottmann
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Debbie Branson

Posted at 07:41pm
With deepest sympathy....Debbie Branson Hair Connections
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Sandy Maassen

Posted at 01:59pm
The service was wonderful. We pray it was a comfort to you and we wish we could have been there in person

Sandy & Marv Maassen
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N.J.Shacklette

Posted at 12:34pm
I worked on the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific with Mr. Lunsford but in different departments and crafts,
He always had a nice smile and disposition to be around. R.I.P. Friend.

/s/Norbert Shacklette
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