PUXICO -- James W. Temple, 84, died Oct. 19, 2008, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter.
Born July 10, 1924, in Dexter, son of the late Fred and Christa Haynes Temple, he had worked in St. Louis for 35 years before moving back to the Puxico area in the 1960s. A retired dry cleaner, he had owned and operated Puxico Cleaners. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he had served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II and was a lifetime member of the Puxico VFW Post No. 7822. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Asherville.
On Dec. 15, 1957, in Hernando, Miss., he married Ruth Malkowski who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Stacie Temple of Alexandria, Va.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Doug Scott and Michelle and Robert Thomason of Puxico and Debbie and Don Mueller of St. Louis; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were one brother, Roy Temple, and three sisters, Lorene Cox, Alene Fleming and Margaret Garner.
Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. today at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico. VFW services will be conducted at 7 p.m. by Puxico VFW Post No. 7822.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home with Terry Stockman of Sikeston officiating.
Burial will follow in the Armstead Dowdy Cemetery near Dexter.