The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 7, 2014

Duane "Tootie" Lett

GOODMAN, Mo. — Duane Tootie Lett, 71, Goodman, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a several month illness.

Duane was born Oct. 24, 1942, in Goodman, the son of Chalmer and Maxine (Harbeston) Lett and was a lifelong Goodman resident. Duane retired after 50 years in commercial sheet metal trade, belonging to Local no. 36 and worked for Springfield Engineering 28 years and a foreman for the Joplin crew, primarily working on the heating and air of St. Johns and Freeman Hospitals. He began his career in sheet metal at Hardys Sheet Metal in Joplin in 1962, following his graduation from Goodman High School. Tootie was a lifelong member of Goodman First Baptist Church and throughout his lifetime, spent much time doing volunteer projects for the church, always working behind the scenes. He had many friends and spent many years going quail hunting and fishing; camping and water skiing with his family and friends were his entertainment. He had many friends and enjoyed sharing Gods word with all.

Tootie and Roxie (Wooldridge) were married on Sept. 1, 1962, at Goodman and she survives of the home. Also surviving are two children, Brad Lett and wife, Tracy, of Neosho and Kristin Lett, of Goodman; five grandchildren, Andy, Jacob and Hanna Lett and Kori and Cole Windsor; a brother, Gerald Eugene Lett and wife, Cuma, Goodman; and sister in law, Patty Lett, Owasso, Okla. He is preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Allison Lett; and brother, Darrell Lett.

Services will be Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Goodman First Baptist Church, Rev. Buddy Funk and Rev. Will Reitz will officiate. Interment will be in the Howard Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be Bud Jesse, Gene Francisco, Kenny Lett, Mike Lett, Andy Lett, Jacob Lett and Cole Windsor. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Tootie may be made to the Goodman First Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO  64850.

Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Mo.

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