DEXTER - Raymond Charles "Pete" Atherton, son of the late Charles Atherton and Artie Willis Atherton, was born on Jan. 16, 1920, at Bloomfield and departed this life on March 6, 2008, in the Central Gardens Residential Care Center in Dexter at the age of 88.
Mr. Atherton was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter where he served as deacon and was a Christian for over 60 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II and a veteran of the Missouri National Guard with over 33 years of service. He was the former operator of the Airport Cafe and Pete's Cafe in Dexter, a former employee of Fram and the owner of Pete's Mowing Service. He was honored as the Dexter Chamber of Commerce 1993 Man of the Year.
He was first united in marriage to Lillian Lucille Ragsdel on Nov. 29, 1937, and to this union six children were born. Lillian went to be with the Lord on Oct 18, 1982. He was then married to Melba Smith in 1983. Mrs. Atherton survives of the home in Dexter.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: one son, Ron (Judi) Atherton of Dexter; four daughters, Barbara (Don) Gard of Dexter, Judy (Jim) Lincoln of Eldon, Patty (Jim) Greene of Springfield and Norma (Gary) Crane of Rogers, Ark.; his daughter-in-law, Mariedda Atherton of Dexter; one nephew, Ralph Hall; and 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great-
In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Dwain Atherton, one granddaughter, Janetta Lincoln Drake; and one great-
grandson, Jaiden Charles Atherton.
Friends may call at the First Baptist Church in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. Monday, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Don Kennedy, Pastor Martha Tennyson and Dr. Curtis Porter will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.
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Memorials may be
First Baptist Church
27 E. Castor
Dexter, MO 63841