Richard W. “Dick” Furniss, 78, of Hannibal, MO, passed away at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at his home. 

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014, at the First Christian Church in Hannibal.  Pastor Steve Barker will officiate.  Burial with full military honors provided by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 will be at Grand View Burial Park.

Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 4:30 p.m., Sunday August 3, 2014, at the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal

Richard was born August 23, 1935, in Barry, IL the son of Harold LeRoy and Mabel Aline (Young) Furniss. 

He married Velma June Foster on August 17, 1963, in Hannibal. She survives him.

Other survivors include one son, Christopher A “Chris” Furniss and wife Jill R. of Hannibal, MO; one grandson, Ryan C. Furniss of Hannibal, MO; and one sister, Wanda May Neff of Pittsfield, IL.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Furniss was preceded in death by two brothers, William Dale Furniss and Robert LeRoy Furniss; and one sister, Ann Mardell Furniss.

Mr. Furniss graduated from Barry High School in the class of 1952.  He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict.  As a young man Dick farmed and later went to work for the Labors Local #424 as a laborer and retired as the Business Manager / Agent for local #424.  Mr. Furniss was a member of Hannibal St. John’s Lodge #28, where he served as Past Master, Scottish Rite - 32nd Degree, NEMO Shrine, Moolah Temple in St. Louis, Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55 and VFW No.2446.  Dick was an avid bowler, he was a member of the Hannibal Bowling Association and Hannibal Bowling Hall of Fame.  Mr. Furniss was a member of the First Christian Church.

Pallbearers will be Mel Gordon, Jack Kairy, Mike Shulse, Tom Ruhl,  Mike Huff and Terry Fitch.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Sarah’s Place or Hospice Promise Foundation, in care of Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.
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