Richard J. Bozarth
Richard J. Bozarth of Springfield, Mo., passed away on June 25, 2013, at the age of 81.
He was born on June 26, 1931, in Adair County, Mo., as the only child of Dorothy (Garrett) and Lester Bozarth. Most of his childhood was spent in Newton. After graduating from Newton High School, Richard enlisted in the Air Force and served in the Korean War. Upon returning from the war, Richard began his career with the Maytag Company in Newton as an electrician. He married Joan Parker in 1953 and raised two sons, Robert and Jeffery, in Newton. Richard remained at Maytag until he was eligible for retirement. In 1972, Richard fulfilled a lifelong dream by purchasing a resort on Table Rock Lake. Richard and Joan purchased and ran Bozarth’s Hide Away Resort for many years. The resort was a source of much enjoyment and many customers became lifelong friends. Richard sold the resort in 1982 and built a beautiful home on Table Rock Lake with the “best view on the lake”. Richard then began a construction business, sold real estate and finally started his own appraisal business.
Richard leaves behind a loving family that lives by the example he set in his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, who died in 2008. Richard leaves behind two sons; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Surviving family members include his son, Robert M. and wife Cindy, their children: Blake, Paul and wife LeighAnn and daughter Lily, and Parker all of Ft. Worth, Texas. Also surviving are son Jeffery P. Bozarth and wife Sheryl, and their sons: Andrew and wife Casey and son Redd, and Christopher all of Springfield, Mo.
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