Francis Schallert, age 92 of rural Adrian, Missouri died Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born October 4, 1926 to John and Clara Belle Gain Schallert in Portageville, Missouri.
Francis, one of seven children, grew up in Portageville where he attended Boekerton Grade School. After graduating from Wardell High School in 1944, he enrolled at the University of Missouri Columbia to pursue a degree in agriculture. His college education was interrupted by two years of service to his country in the Army Air Force during World War II. He returned to the university and earned a B.S. Degree in Agriculture in 1949 and proudly claimed career titles of farmer and Farm Credit Manager throughout his life. On June 8, 1952 he married Eva May Lamar and to this union, a son and three daughters were born. He and Eva lived in Memphis, Missouri a short time where he taught agriculture--then moved to Adrian, Missouri in 1954 and worked for Production Credit Association, retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. His many other memberships and service included V.F.W., Knights of Columbus, Missouri Prairie Foundation, MU Alumni Association, Lions Club, Bates County 4-H Council and Leader, Bates County Fair Board, Bates County Farm Service Agency, and Bates County University Extension Council. He was instrumental in helping start the Adrian Coop and was dedicated to all components of agriculture. He felt strongly that his children and grandchildren should receive a higher education and supported them in obtaining their degrees.
Francis enjoyed life, people and family . . . and loved to visit. Pastime activities included dancing, singing, gardening, traveling, playing cards and watching baseball and football.
Francis is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eva May Schallert of Adrian, Missouri; a son, John Schallert and wife Gloria of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two daughters, Ann Fly and husband Bud and Carolyn N. Sorrell all of Adrian, Missouri; five grandchildren, Craig Schallert, Todd Schallert and significant other Kalee Stone, Tim Schallert and wife Jerrilee, Christa Stokes and husband Jason and Jeremy Fly and wife Jennifer; and five great-grandchildren, Nathan,Ty, Jozie, Jorja and Gabriel. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Jane; two brothers, Paul and Bernard Schallert; and four sisters, Agnes Dachs, Marie Schallert, Clara Schallert and Mary Powell.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Butler, Missouri with Father Jason Koch officiating. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. Contributions to Knights of Columbus 8040. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.