The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 27, 2013

William H. "Bill" Labhart


William Henry Labhart passed away on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Spring River Christian Village in Joplin, Mo. He was 93 years of age and a longtime resident of Webb City, Mo.

Bill was born May 24, 1919, in Harvey, Ill., to William and Elsie (Haines) Labhart. He attended schools in the Chicago area and graduated from Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights, Ill., and attended one year of college at the University of Illinois - Champagne Urbana before returning home to work on the family farm due to the outbreak of World War II.

On Dec. 30, 1941, he married his wife of 62 years, Beverly Ruth Porter, at the Academy Methodist Church in Harvey, and subsequently had one child, William Henry Labhart Jr. Bill ran a turkey farm in Crete, Ill., until moving to Springfield, Mo., for employment with American Dairies. After a short time in Springfield, Bill and family moved to Joplin and eventually settled in Webb City, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He continued to work in the dairy industry throughout his entire career. He was preceded in death by his wife in April 2003.

Bill was a member of Lions International in Webb City, and chaired the local Sight Conservation effort of that organization. He was also a member of the Crete Masonic Organization. He enjoyed his time with friends on the golf course, traveling and working in his garden.

He is survived by his son, William Labhart and his wife, Judith, of San Jose, Calif.; one granddaughter, Erin Joyce Bansal and her husband, Chetan, of New York, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Mira Elizabeth Bansal, Sachen William Bansal and Devan Porter Bansal. He was preceded in death by his wife and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Labhart; his parents and one brother, Walter Labhart.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City, with the Father Steven C. Wilson from Grace Episcopal Church, of Carthage, officiating. The body will be cremated and interment will be held privately in Grace Episcopal Church at a later date.

The family has asked that donations in lieu of flowers, be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard Street, Carthage, MO 64836.

Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.

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