|Birth: ||Jun. 20, 1916|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 2009|
Craven L. Bybee, age 92, of Warsaw, Missouri, passed away Thursday afternoon, February 5, 2009, at the Warsaw Health and Rehabilitation Center in Warsaw, Missouri. He was born near Edwards, Missouri, on June 20, 1916, the son of Willie Levi and Alpha Green Bybee.
He grew up in the Edwards community and graduated from Cross Timbers High School in the class of 1935. He then received his teaching certificate from the Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg. He then began teaching in one-room schools throughout southern Benton County until he was drafted into the United State Army on October 13, 1941. He served overseas in Northern France as a veteran of World War II and was finally discharged on October 13, 1945.
Following his discharge he returned to Lamonte, Missouri. There he made his home on the family farm. On August 2, 1952, he was united in marriage to Thelma Canida in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Following their marriage they made their home on the farm near Lamonte. They were both employed at Town & Country Shoes in Warrensburg for several years. In the early 70's he began working for Olin Conductors near Sedalia, Missouri, and retired from there in 1981. At that time they moved to Warsaw to be near their son and their grandchildren. His wife, Thelma, preceded him in death on March 9, 1998.
As a young man Craven was an accomplished baseball player playing on community teams throughout the area for many years. He was also an avid quail hunter and kept "bird dogs" throughout most his life, enjoying many hunts with family and friends for many years.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Warsaw.
He is survived by one son, Larry W. Bybee, of Warsaw, two granddaughters, Wendy Austin, and her husband, Michael, of San Diego, California, and Jill Koppang, and her husband, James, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, two grandsons, Isaac and Isaiah Koppang, one sister, Loretta Absher, of Marshall, Missouri, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Mills, of Warsaw.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday afternoon, February 9, 2009, at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw with Rev. Danny Decker officiating. Pallbearers will be Rick Limback, Dennis Mills, Ronnie Absher, Doug Tucker, James Koppang, and Leroy Whitaker, an honorary pallbearer is Michael Austin. Burial with full military honors will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Warsaw. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Willie Levi Bybee (1892 - 1970)
Thelma Viola Canida Bybee (1924 - 1998)
Wilma Bybee Mills (1913 - 2007)*
Craven L. Bybee (1916 - 2009)
Maintained by: Leslie P. Fowers
Originally Created by: HSH
Record added: Feb 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33640361