Mr. Estep was born near Turney, Mo. on August 1, 1924, attended Dear Creek Grade School, graduated from Cameron High School, and served with the 5th Army Air Force in the South Pacific as a Tail-Gunner on a B-24 in 1944-45. After discharge, he farmed the Estep Farms with his brother, Larry Estep.
In 1948 he married Wilma Jean Pollard of Kansas City, Mo., who survives him.
In 1957, he started employment with Consumers Co-op Services, Lathrop, Mo. The Co-op was a division of Farmland Industries, Kansas City, Mo. In 1960, the family moved to Savannah, Mo. where he was the Co-op manager. He held several positions with the Consumers Oil Co, retiring after 31 years of Co-op service. He then worked for the Andrew County Soil and Water Conservation District for another 10 years.
He was a member of the Savannah United Methodist Church and the Dick Munkres Post 287 American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Beamer Estep and Virginia Elice Burgess Estep; brothers, William and Larry, and sister, Wilda Middleton.
Additional survivors include four sons, Ronald Lee and wife Jeanne of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Stephen Ray and wife Dana of Golden Co.; Alan Dennis of Arvada, Co.; and Charles Warren and wife Jodi of St. Michael, Mn.; one daughter, Esther Elice Schmitt and husband Ben of Kansas City, Mo.; 10 Grandchildren; and 10 Great-grandchildren.
Mr. Estep’s body has been cremated.
Visitation will be at the Savannah United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., with funeral services following at 11:30 a.m. There will be a private internment at Graceland Memorial Cemetery, Cameron, Mo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial Contributions to the Savannah United Methodist Church.
Arrangements: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, MO. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.
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