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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Howard F. Kizer Jr., 81, dies

  • Obituary published Dec. 30, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
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  • Howard F. Kizer Jr., 81, a retired Paris, Mo. businessman passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.
    Mr. Kizer was born May 13, 1932 in Hannibal, Mo., the oldest son of Howard F. and Alice Warren Kizer. He married the former Rose Dempsey of Bowling Green, Mo. on Feb. 14, 1960, and she survives at their home. He is also survived by his son, John Howard Kizer (Sarah) of Springfield, Mo., two grandchildren, Jake and Garrett Kizer, a brother, Phil Kizer of Frisco, Texas, two sisters, Kathryn Darrow of Florence Mass. and Mary Edith Culp of Utica, N.Y. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Alice Stephens.
    Mr. Kizer was a 1950 graduate of Mexico High School and received a degree in Pharmacy in 1955 from the University of Kansas. He was a licensed pharmacist for half a century. Upon his college graduation from KU, he was commissioned a U.S. Navy Ensign through ROTC and served 2 years on active duty, first in flight school and later in anti-submarine warfare. He left the service as Lieutenant J.G.
    In 1961, Mr. and Mrs. Kizer purchased the Smithey Rexall Drug Store in Paris, Mo. and operated the business for 35 years before selling the store and retiring in 1996. Mr. Kizer was very active in the Paris community. He served more than 30 years as a member of the Board of Directors at initially the Paris Savings Bank and later the United Missouri Bank. He was a member of the Paris United Methodist Church and a 60-year member of the Mexico Masonic Lodge. He was a former member and past president of the Paris Rotary Club, the Paris Progressive Club and the Mark Twain Country Club.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Agnew Funeral Home in Paris, Mo. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Agnew Funeral Home. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Paris, Mo.
    Memorial donations may be made to Paris United Methodist Church or the Monroe County Cancer Supporters.

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