Armand D. “Pete” Moles
Armand D. “Pete” Moles, 91, of Marshall, MO, died Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO.
Private family services will be held and friends may call from 12:00 p.m. noon to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. If you choose to come by the funeral home, face masks are required, and social distancing will be observed. Burial with military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to the Buckner Wellness Center in Marshall or Maryville Chapter FFA. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com
Born October 8, 1928, in Butler, MO, he was the son of the late Jesse I. Moles and Mae Bell Crockett Moles. He was a 1946 graduate of Maryville High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degree from University of MO-Columbia. On January 8, 1954, he married Shirley Davis who preceded him in death on November 30, 2013. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict earning a Purple Heart and combat infantryman badge. He lived in Saline County since 1963 and was CEO of MFA Livestock Association. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Marshall, the Masonic lodge and Malta Bend American Legion Post 558.
Survivors include five children: Rodger Moles of Marshall, Mark Moles (Kathy) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Steven Moles (Linda) of Marshall, Lisa Doak (Harry) of Milan, MO and Lori Wallace (Dwayne) of Columbia; 14 grandchildren: Michael Moles (Alexis), Jennifer Viscomi (Ryan), Justin Moles (Abbie), Elliot Moles, Taylor Wallace, Garrett Wallace, Hillary Robe-deaux (Billy), Zackary Doak, Kyley Doak, Quinn Doak, Alisha Sharp (Jody), Amanda Roberts (Ryan), Andy Doak and April Mease (Tyler); 11 great-grandchildren: Makena Viscomi, Mason Viscomi, Mallory Lee Moles, Marissa Dawn Moles, Elavia Sharp, Jaka Sharp, Reed Roberts, Avner Mease, Leora Mease, Lex Mease and Machlan Robedeaux; and several nieces and nephews.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother, Lyle Moles; and one sister, Sharlyn Linard.
In February of 2020, BaCo (Bates County) Transport became an organization of Bate County citizens who decided to take over the senior taxi once owned by the City of Butler, Missouri. With the help of the city council, the small group started working on the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and nonprofit status (501(c)(3). The 5r-ticles of Incorporation certification and the Bylaws were written and established in March of 2020. The nonprofit status has not come through as of present. For the present time, The Friends of the Butler Center board is graciously allowing the organization to maintain their headquarters in the taxi room of the Butler Senior Center at 611 W. Mill Street, Butler, MO. 64730.
Unfortunately, Covid19 event forced BaCo Transport to have to close until the present, but the officers continued to work on the organization with the Butler customers always in mind. One of those customers is Ralph. Ralph is not only a customer, but was a dispatch volunteer. Ralph is a patriotic veteran of the Vietnam War and a future great grandpa. He relied on the senior taxi to take him to the food pantry, pay his bills, and bring him to the Butler Senior Center for socialization and to volunteer as a desk receptionist and as the dispatcher. “I don’t know what I would do without the transportation,” stated Ralph. “Without transportation, I guess I would just stay at home and go crazy staring at the four walls. With transportation, I can stay independent and socialize with my friends at the Butler Senior Center.”
Ralph speaks volumes about the same need of so many other seniors struggling to stay independent in their homes and engaged in their community. BaCo Transport’s mission is to ensure their customers can continue to remain independent and community engaged, but in order for BaCo Transport to make this happen community funding is needed to make it work to make it and keep it operational.
Can you help us make this a reality? Can you donate $25, $50, $75, or more? Any donation at this time will be greatly appreciated! Your donation will be considered “seed money” and there’s no guarantee it can be written off your taxes. It is our hope you will consider giving to serve our seniors.
President, Alvin Griffin; Vice President, Nancy Rich; Secretary, Nadine Poister; Treasurer, Janice Lowe; Board Member, Bob Jennings