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Son of Harold John Burkdoll and Ollie Mae Degase Burkdoll Johnny Lowell Burkdoll Sr. was born, the son of Harold John Burkdoll and Ollie Mae Degase Burkdoll, on March 3, 1941, at Toledo, Mo., and departed this life on Aug. 12, 2006, at the age of 65 at his home at Squires.
Johnny’s early years were spent gaining his education at Tranquility School, Frye School, and finally at Ava Public Schools. He took pride in being one of the finest practical jokers around.
On June 1, 1960, Johnny married Carrie Fay Mitchusson in Rochelle, Ill., and to this union three children were born.
Johnny was a dairy farmer and enjoyed his horses. He also enjoyed coon hunting, and working on his practical jokes. Johnny belonged to Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association, Booger County Coonhunters, American Quarter Horse Association, and Ava Saddle Club.
Survivors include his wife Carrie; two sons Johnny Jr. and wife Phyllis, of Squires, and Jason Burkdoll, of Ava; and a daughter, Joan Burkdoll, of Squires; seven grandchildren, Micca, Kati, Austin, Amanda, Haylee, Alex, and Shane; one brother, Deward Turner and wife, Marcy, of Squires; two sisters, DeEtta and Bob Atherton, of Ava, and Deloris Swanson, of the state of Washington.
Johnny was preceded in death by a brother, Eldon Burkdoll, one sister, Doris Burkdoll, and his parents.
Funeral services for Johnny Lowell Burkdoll Sr. were held Wednesday Aug. 16 at 10 a.m., in the Clinkingbeard Chapel, with Rev. Tony Turner and Rev. John Haskins officiating.
Services were conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.