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Butch Messbarger

August 25, 1946 - June 2, 2020

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Butch Messbarger, the son of Maurice C. and Velma (Cassel) Messbarger, was born on August 25, 1946, in Maryville, Missouri. Butch graduated from West Nodaway High School, Burlington Junction, Missouri in 1964.


On June 6, 1964, Butch was united in marriage to Karen Kay Norris at the Catholic Church in Burlington Junction. They made their home in Burlington Junction and became the parents of three children, Quinten, Lonnie, and Laurie. In 1975, the family moved to Tarkio, Missouri, where they lived to the present time.


Butch farmed with his dad, Maurice and helped operate their fertilizer business in Burlington Junction. For a short time he worked for Tom Simmons, helping farm the Burr Oak Ranch, south of Tarkio. In the mid 1980s, Butch began driving a tractor trailer for Maynard Freeman.  Butch would eventually own and operate Messbarger Trucking, where he hauled corn and soybeans for local farmers and numerous grain elevators. Butch enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and golfing with his sons.  He also enjoyed league bowling in Rock Port.


Butch passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at his home in Tarkio, at the age of 73.


Butch was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include, wife, Karen Messbarger, Tarkio; children, Quinten Messbarger, Columbia, Missouri, Lonnie Messbarger, Rea, Missouri, and Laurie Schacht (Fiancé Terry), Lebanon, Missouri; grandchildren, Alissa (Danny) Cunningham, Chrissy (Mike) Smith, Kaszmere Messbarger and Boston Messbarger; sisters, Caroline Helliker, Tammy McGuire, and Loyalea Henry-Marriott; brothers, Curtis Messbarger and Randy Messbarger; numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside Service and Interment: 11:00 A.M., Friday, June 5, 2020, Home Cemetery, Tarkio.

Open visitation begins 11:00 A.M., Thursday, June 4, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.

There is no scheduled family visitation.

Memorials: American Cancer Society, Hospice Partners, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Arrangements: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.

More information is available at

Everyone is also invited to a Celebration of Butch’s life, August 22, 2020 at the Tarkio Resource Center, Tarkio. The time will be announced at a later date.