Edgar Arnold Hancock

June 22, 1926  January 29, 2018
Edgar Arnold Hancock, age 91 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, January 29, 2018 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. He was born June 22, 1926 to Edgar Cleo and Blanche Morene Bridgeman Hancock in Bates County, Missouri. Arnold, one of two children, graduated from Appleton City High School in 1944. He served in the Army stationed in the Philippines in WWII from 1946 to 1947. On April 22, 1948 he was united in marriage to Pearl Louise Browning and to this union three daughters were born. Arnold worked at Allis Chalmers in Butler, Missouri from 1948 to 1956. In 1956 he started working at the Butler Post Office as a city letter carrier. He retired from the Post Office in 1985 and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1987. He and Louise loved their home on the Lake and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Arnold and Louise were married for 69 years. When asked how he managed to stay married for so long, Arnold would say Louise was right 50% of the time and he was wrong 50% of the time. Happy wife, happy life. Arnold was one of those men who could fix anything. . . just ask his daughters. “If Daddy couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed.” In 1969, Arnold and Louise opened their home to Silvia Nemenz, an American Foreign Exchange Student from Vienna, Austria. Silvia was extremely grateful for the year she spent in their home. Arnold loved having his daughters around. He said he would have been perfectly happy if his daughters had never left home. However, he knew that would not have made them happy. Arnold and Louise were Charter Members and helped build the Westlake Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, at Laurie, Missouri. They wintered in Texas for 20 years and enjoyed their “Texas family.” Arnold leaves behind to cherish his memories, his devoted wife of 69 years, Louise Hancock of Butler, Missouri; his beloved three daughters, Brenda Dugan and husband Jim of Butler, Missouri, Sue Hancock and significant other Norbert Kurle of Independence, Missouri and Ginger Moore and husband Terry of Ballard, Missouri; 4 grandsons, Adam Cunningham and wife Kim, Alex Cunningham, Ryan Moore and fiance` Tiffany Kelly and Kevin Moore and wife Jamie; 4 great-grandchildren, Katharine Cunningham, Kaleigh Cunningham, Mason Cunningham, Tyler Cunningham; one sister, Ruth Fischer of Appleton City, Missouri; and a host of nephews, nieces and close friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents. *** Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Jack Daniel officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Butler First Christian Church or American Heart Association. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

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