|Nelson Melvin Stoddard|
The minister officiating at the service will be Reverend Mark Avery .
Visitation will be held at the funeral home between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. preceding the service.
A Military Graveside Service will be presented by the Appleton City VFW Post #11242 and U.S. Army Missouri Honor Guard.
Internment will be in the Appleton City Cemetery, Appleton City, Missouri.
The family suggests any memorial donations be made to Heartland Hospice.
Nelson Melvin Stoddard, 87 Passed away peacefully October 28, 2016 at Medicalodge in Butler, Missouri. He was born June 4, 1929 in Longdale, Oklahoma to Vernie and Ruth (Nelson) Stoddard.
Nelson met the love of his life, Frances Osterhout, and they were united in marriage October 16, 1954 in Sault St. Marie, Michigan. In 1967 they moved to Appleton City, Missouri. Nelson and Frances were blessed with four children, Beverly, Philip, Mark, and Melvin.
Nelson enjoyed farming and woodwork, but most of all he loved visiting with neighbors and friends. Hunting and fishing with his family were also some of his most cherished times. He never knew a stranger, always extending a helping hand and exchanging a happy word with everyone he encountered. Nelson was renowned for his green thumb, and especially for growing the best sweet corn in the Appleton area. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family.
Preceding Nelson in death were his parents; wife Frances; sister Louella Stackhouse; brothers: Alvin, Leland Leroy, Dean, Douglas, and Ronald Stewart Stoddard
Survivors include his daughter Beverly Johnson of Appleton City, Missouri and friend, Rusty Thompson of Independence, Missouri: three sons: Philip Stoddard and wife, Maggie of Montrose, Missouri, Mark Stoddard and wife, Lisa of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Melvin Stoddard of Grandview, Missouri; grandchildren: Cynthia Wade and husband, Bryan of Appleton City, Aaron Johnson and wife, Annie of Appleton City, Jessica Stoddard and Chuck Simpson of Osceola, Missouri, Stacy Johnson and husband, Clint of Appleton City, Ashlee Stoddard of Johnston, Iowa, Brett Stoddard and fiancé Jessica McDowell of Kansas City, Missouri, Todd Stoddard and wife Sierra of Appleton City, and Kameron Stoddard of Appleton City; great-grandchildren: Nathan Wade, Caitlin Wade, Bailea Johnson, Mason Johnson, Jordan Jackson, Weston Simpson, Harper Stoddard, and Mattie Johnson; sisters: Janice Jones, Verma Radliff, Eileene Crusha; brother Lonnie Stoddard; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.